House debates

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Questions to the Speaker

Parliamentary Behaviour

3:26 pm

Photo of Christopher PyneChristopher Pyne (Sturt, Liberal Party, Leader of the House) Share this | | Hansard source

Madam Speaker, I have a question for you. During question time today the member for Rankin was named and suspended from the House for using an unparliamentary term and then repeating it when he was asked to withdraw it. Subsequently, he tweeted exactly the same insulting phrase. Apart from the defamatory nature of it, of course, which you cannot comment on, my question to you is: is that a contempt of parliament and would you mind investigating it, and reporting to the House on Monday the outcome of your investigation?

3:27 pm

Photo of Mrs Bronwyn BishopMrs Bronwyn Bishop (Speaker) Share this | | Hansard source

I will take a look at the question raised by the Leader of the House and report to the House on Monday.