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Bronwyn Bishop Running a “Protection Riot” for The Coalition

March 26, 2014


Dame Bronwyn Bishop is facing renewed pressure over her performance of Speaker of the House with Labor accusing her of running a “protection riot” for the Opposition.

In particular she stands accused of attending Liberal party room meetings where parliamentary tactics and strategies are devised and plotted amongst Coalition colleagues.

Dame Bishop’s predecessors Anna Burke and Harry Jenkins did not attend party room meetings in order to avoid such a blatant conflict of interest.

The Speaker of the House is obliged to conduct herself impartially however this responsibility appears to have escaped Ms Bishop since she assumed the role.

Yesterday former speaker Anna Burke said that question time was beginning to resemble a “protection racket” for the Liberal Party under Ms Bishop.

“People are fast losing their patience with a House of Representatives and a question time that looks less like ministers being held to account and looks more like a protection racket to protect Tony Abbott from ever having to answer a question,” Mr Burke said.

“Ministers have to be accountable through the Parliament to the Australian people and the smirks, the jibes, the different ways that the parliament has descended, I don’t believe reflect well on this Parliament or this government.”

Bishop’s alliance to the Liberal Party was palpable when she refused to admonish Lady Christopher Pyne for referring to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as “Electricity Bill” last year.

Under House rules, MPs are expected to refer to other MPs by their ministerial title, parliamentary office or their electoral division.

However, rather than withdrawing the slur, an appalled Lady Pyne accused Labor of “attacking” the Speaker saying that the so-called “attacks” amounted to “bullying”.

“I know Bronwyn Bishop pretty well,” said Lady Pyne.

“She is a pretty tough character and I am sure she can take it but that doesn’t mean that the Labor Party should be able to get away with the incredible rudeness that they demonstrate in the chamber.”




16 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2014 4:17 pm

    ‘Lady Chrisopher Pyne’ 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Christ! What a farce. This must be the only parliament outside of Zimababwe where the Speaker also attends party room meetings. Impartiality? Isn’t that one of those animals you see being eaten by hyenas in Attenborough documentaries?

  2. March 26, 2014 6:16 pm

    Yeah, l saw some of this `late` the other night, Bishop is not `impartial`, not even a veneer, you mentioned Jenkins and Burke, who were good, but omitted Slipper for some reason, despite his `other` problems, Slipper was good too l thought, he seemed to run the show properly and was impartial, l do remember him giving both sides a blast, when needed

  3. March 26, 2014 6:19 pm

    don`t worry eastwood, mr-rabbit and bronny will make zim look like a `diamond` of democracy by the time they`re done

  4. James Adelaide permalink
    March 26, 2014 6:36 pm

    I thought this might happen.

    Last parliament, Bishop made a fool of herself about 3 times a week, calling incorrect points of order, usually citing the wrong regulation and generally demonstrating that she knew nothing about the speaker’s role, and was incapable of learning, as she repeated the same mistakes a number of times.

  5. March 26, 2014 7:19 pm

    Others that don`t know their role,

    ””””””””’Gunmen on Thursday evening stormed the Serena Hotel in Kabul, killing nine people in a luxury lodging in the capital city that has been the target of attacks in the past, Afghan officials said.

    The Taliban claim to have undertaken the attack.

    yes, of course l mean teabag-media,

    they seem to be staying mum on the outbreaks of violence in the lands invaded by the canberra clowns recently, which have been ramping up, but we aren`t being told, have to go to foreign media

  6. March 26, 2014 7:19 pm

    Just proves more and more each day what a joke this government is. Their arrogant smirks and grandstanding is shameful and what on earth is she doing in that position?? Every one knows which side she likes her bread buttered on.

  7. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:50 pm

    generally demonstrating that she knew nothing about the speaker’s role, and was incapable of learning, as she repeated the same mistakes a number of times.

    And how many years has she been in parliament … well, physically anyway …


    And today BB buggered up again … “we seem to have spontaneous infectious laughter” … Abbott & The Acolytes will end up like, The Cockroaches … The Giggles … playing to three year olds … oh, wait!

  8. TB Queensland permalink
    March 26, 2014 7:53 pm

    This must be the only parliament outside of Zimababwe where the Speaker also attends party room meetings

    Djchawat! How many Westminster rules do these turkeys break!

    Are you sure, ee? I find that astounding!

  9. March 26, 2014 10:05 pm

    Even the most staunched dick waving fiberal tosspot could not defend this beehived battleaxe. What a mockery she makes of this parliament squatting over democracy and defecating on impartiality.

  10. March 27, 2014 3:23 pm

    Labor accuse Bronwyn Bishop of being ‘most biased Speaker’ in history…

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  11. March 27, 2014 3:35 pm

    Mate after today she has to go..its not sour grapes, its just an unworkable sham.

  12. March 27, 2014 3:45 pm

    So since Bronnie has been speaker 98 MPs have been ejected from the House – all of them Labor MPs – not one Coalition MP ejected…

    That’s just a joke…

  13. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2014 3:58 pm


    Mr Abbott is tough enough to withstand being called a bully, or even cruel. But he doesn’t like being ridiculed.

    If anyone doubts this, they just need to refer to Question Time yesterday when the Prime Minister rose to complain that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was humming Rule Britannia at him.

    It was a display of excessive sensitivity — to a low-grade taunt — unworthy of a Prime Minister.

    Certainly of one who this week argued people shouldn’t think they need to be protected from being offended.

    That incident was the result of jibes by Mr Shorten over the return of knights and dames.

  14. TB Queensland permalink
    March 27, 2014 3:59 pm

    The next set of polls will be interesting …

  15. Splatterbottom permalink
    March 27, 2014 4:03 pm

    The next set of polls will reflect the ham-fisted stupidity of this government. And they won’t get better anytime soon.

  16. March 27, 2014 7:25 pm

    ””””””””’So since Bronnie has been speaker 98 MPs have been ejected from the House – all of them Labor MPs””””””””

    Haha Yes reb, just got in an`saw it on the news,

    it sparked full fledged `mincing` at the dispatch box,

    Mr-Poodle reckons he`s been ejected the most, holds the record 🙂

    somehow, l believe him

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