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5 February, 2009

I make no promises for how long this will last, but as parliament returns for 2009, Houses and Motions is going to try out covering more debates from across the country, with a focus on the new and amusing – the archival material will still appear, but mostly during the recesses. As a lead-in, here’s a sample from the final sitting of the Federal House of Representatives in 2008 (some slight formatting changes):

Mr PYNE (Sturt) (3.50 pm) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER—Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr PYNE—Most grievously.

Government members interjecting—

The SPEAKER—Order! Those on my right will come to order!

Mr PYNE—They are easily amused, aren’t they? They are a pathetic lot, aren’t they? This is really a joke.

Ms Gillard interjecting—

Mr PYNE—This is all about softening your image, isn’t it?

The SPEAKER—Order! The member for Sturt will not encourage them!

Mr PYNE—That will not be easy, Julia— at all.

The SPEAKER—Order! The member for Sturt may proceed on his personal explanation.

Mr PYNE—Of course, I am not the Kath Day-Knight of Australian politics either, unlike the Acting Prime Minister. Good on you, Kath! Look at me! Look at me! I have got one word to say to you!

The SPEAKER—Order! The member for Sturt will—

Mr PYNE—I am sorry, Mr Speaker, for trampling on your indulgence. I apologise.

The SPEAKER—You’ve trampled all over it!

Mr PYNE—I have, unfortunately.

The SPEAKER—The member for Sturt will now come to his personal explanation.

Subject: Personal Explanations [House of Representatives]

Date: 4 December 2008

Hansard reference: pp. 12609 – 12610 [online (pdf)]

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