When Question Time is worth watching

February 21, 2008

Julia Gillard V Wilson Tuckey

Ms GILLARD – When I introduced the legislation today in the House, I did three things that the Howard government did not do in the last parliament. First, I brought a piece of workplace relations legislation to the parliament that has the mandate of the Australian people-

Applause from the gallery-

The SPEAKER-Order! The gallery will remain silent.

Ms GILLARD-The Howard government did not take Work Choices to the Australian people, because they knew it would be rejected. They snuck it in after the last election; they did not bring a piece of legislation to this parliament with the mandate of the Australian people.

Mr Tuckey – Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order. Is it now going to be your policy that the parliamentary chamber is going to be something like a football field and we are going to have cheer squads? We could bring some in, and maybe we should have some with flags. This roaring, chanting and clapping is not part of the processes of this place.

The SPEAKER-To the extent that the member for O’Connor is correct in his final statement, there have been certain events today where there has been interaction from the gallery. In the context of the matters before us, I think that was appropriate. But I remind everybody that, in the upholding of the dignity of this chamber, outbursts from the gallery should be minimised, and if they continue they will lead to people being invited to leave the gallery.

Ms GILLARD-I am sure we will all live in fear of the dimension of the member for O’Connor’s cheer squad when it turns up.

Mr Tuckey-Mr Speaker, on the point of order, I will pick some better looking ones than they have!


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