Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Liberal National Party Senator for Queensland, Ian Macdonald, acting badly in Senate Estimates

This is what happens when a government senator with an inflated sense of his own importance and few manners is chair during a Senate Estimates hearing........

Senator Macdonald tried to order Greens senator Nick McKim to leave the committee, which he doesn't have the power to do.
"I will not be leaving," Senator McKim says.
"You can't make me leave, mate. I'm not going. What are you going to do?...You are a tyrant and a dictator."
​Senator Macdonald said he would then refuse to recognise Senator McKim for the rest of the hearing which means he won't let him ask any questions. This is the political equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and singing "la la la la la la" until the other person just goes away.

Senator Macdonald threatens to evict Senator Wong and Senator Murray.
Again - he can't do this.
He takes some advice and offers the muttered, cross "sorry" a thwarted toddler sometimes offers: "I've been advised by the clerk that I do not have the power to evict anyone or prevent them from asking questions."

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