November 13th, 2008 at 10:45am
Follow Wilson Tuckey’s lead…interrupt some people in your workplace, and then when your supervisor comes over to ask you sit sit down, behave and get back to work, tell him or her that you will do that, so that they can “get on with this shonky business“:
Outspoken Liberal MP Wilson Tuckey has been suspended from parliament for three sitting days for defying the Speaker.
Mr Tuckey was forced five times to withdraw remarks he made about Treasurer Wayne Swan.
The veteran MP had earlier interrupted Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner’s answer to a question without notice by raising a point of order.
“The remarks of the minister for finance are an invitation to disorder and if wants us to talk about Wayne Swan running around with bags of money in Queensland and the disgrace that was delivered to him, well let him suspend standing orders and we’ll get into the shonks,” Mr Tuckey said.
When asked to withdraw, the MP said: “I will withdraw to let you get on with this shonky business.”
All of this commotion seems to have confused poor old Lindsay Tanner who forgot the laws of cause and effect:
The opposition failed in a bid to later silence Mr Tanner, prompting the minister to say: “Many, many years ago a colleague gave me a word of advice – when you throw a stone into a pack of dogs, the one that yelps gets hit.”
I’m fairly certain that the events occur in the opposite order, ie. “the one that gets hit, yelps”.
Then again, perhaps it’s a proposed shonky amendment to the laws of cause-and-effect. All those in favour…