Arsegate and other Upper House shenanigans
Australian senators accused of leering at each other’s posteriors? Of failing to show respect? Of not “bowing and scraping” sufficiently in deference to the chair?
Welcome to just another day on the plush red carpet of the nation’s more civilised Upper House.
But then, the final sitting Thursday was never just any old day was it?
Especially after the Machiavellian skulduggery “downstairs” in the Reps where Labor’s Speaker up and quit to be replaced by a party-shopping turncoat from the other side.
Morale in conservative ranks promptly went the way of credulity - which is to say, decidedly south.
As Coalition MPs licked their wounds and wondered aloud if they had just been check-mated by a political operator more cunning and ruthless even than their own punchy warrior-king, tempers frayed, and the tone turned nasty.
A not so `S.H.Y’ Sarah Hanson-Young touched off a `cheeky’ exchange with a `crack’ at Nationals senator, John “Wacka” Williams.
The latter had complained by point of order that Greens’ leader Bob Brown routinely failed to “bow” to the Senate President when coming and going from the chamber.
He directed a jibe at the South Australian as he sat down telling her, “you’re just as bad as Bob”.
“I don’t bow because I don’t want you looking at my arse,” retorted Senator SHY allegedly to the gravelly New South Welshman.
“I don’t want to look at your arse,” responded “Wacka” who later admitted to being “gobsmacked”.
“Mr President, I ask Senator Williams to withdraw that offensive statement,” intervened a suddenly indignant Bob Brown before noting that Barnaby Joyce had traversed the chamber without the requisite “bowing and scraping”.
It was edifying stuff proving once again that politics is generally more arse than science.
It had been a long day so perhaps it was only a matter of time before the bottom fell out of things.
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