Monday, August 22, 2011

Overgrown schoolboys...

...yet they'll be ministers in our next federal government.

The standard of our members of parliament is nothing less than appalling.

Today's Sydney Morning Herald reports yet another example of their infantile behaviour:


It was raining heavily in Canberra on Wednesday so, after question time, Julia Gillard walked the corridors back to her office rather than cut across a courtyard as she usually does.

As she strolled past opposition MPs' offices, Christopher Pyne and Joe Hockey, like two schoolyard ne'er-do-wells, trailed about 10 paces behind, heckling. Hockey was bellowing the Engelbert Humperdinck lyrics: "Please release me, let me go, 'cause I don't love you any more …" Pyne, doing his best to affect a menacing gravitas, was taunting repeatedly: "You're drowning Julia, not waving, you're drowning.''

 Photo. Sydney Morning Herald
The Honourable Christopher Pyne. Federal Member for Sturt. 
Shadow Minister for Education, Apprenticeships and Training, 
 Photo. Ray Strange. Herald Sun 
The Honourable Joe Hockey. Federal Member for North Sydney.
Shadow Treasurer.

As the writer of the article, Phillip Coorey, says, by any measure it was disrespectful behaviour towards a prime minister.

But it was more than that. Regardless of the office of the victim it was inappropriate behaviour for any adult. Stupid, childish behaviour by any standard.

From people who will be federal government ministers it's astonishing.

This is the standard of the people who will govern us.

The electors of North Sydney and Sturt should know what they need to do at the next election.

As should electors of all the other constituencies which have sub-standard, unworthy, embarrasing candidates foisted on them.



You can read the full article in the Sydney Morning Herald here.

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