Sunday, June 04, 2006

Gillard's unparliamentary language

Julia Gilliard, federal Labor's spokesperson on Health, got kicked out of parliament last week for calling the Minister of Health, Tony Abbott, a "snivelling grub". Odd thing was that a week earlier Abbott himself had referred to a Labor member as a snivelling grub and despite the protests from Labor, no action was taken against him.

The difference in the treatment of the two parliamentarians has little to do with their respective parties but is down to the views of different Speakers. The first was under the Deputy Speaker, Peter Lindsay, whereas the second was under the Speaker himself, David Hawker.

You can hear both comments as well as the Speakers final comment on the matter thanks to the ABC.


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