bazza shows he can count to one...
There has been controversy in question time in the New South Wales Parliament, with Premier Barry O'Farrell accused of giving the Opposition Leader the finger and a Labor MP thrown out for taking photos in the chamber.
The snap-happy Member for Bankstown, Tanya Mihailuk, was one of several politicians thrown out of a rowdy question time by acting speaker Thomas George.
"Well, I'll ask her to leave the chamber and destroy the photo too. Please, I'll ask the whip to make sure she destroys that photo," he said.
There were insults like this one from Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner:
"Why don't you grow some, pal?"
But it was a gesture from Mr O'Farrell that raised the most eyebrows, when he stuck his middle finger up at John Robertson, who had accused him of being one of Tony Abbott's lapdogs.
Mr Robertson says it is the height of arrogance.
"What you see is a Premier who doesn't behave the way you'd expect a premier of NSW to behave," he said.
Meanwhile another of Bazza's ministers quits the biffo of politics for the biffo of league — in tears...
NSW Minister for Sport and Recreation Graham Annesley has announced his resignation from Parliament to move to Queensland for a job with the Gold Coast Titans rugby league team.
A tearful Mr Annesley told Parliament on Wednesday that his decision followed an ‘‘unsolicited approach’’ from the Gold Coast Titans to become the club’s chief executive.‘‘Throughout my time in Parliament and as a minister I’ve never really considered myself to be a politician,’’ he said. ‘‘More of a sports administrator working in politics."
However, he said he believed he had been ‘‘a good minister’’.
‘‘I’m only too happy to admit I don’t consider myself to be a very good politician. In fact, there are many aspects of politics that I don’t really care for. But I certainly have the utmost respect for everyone who enters political life because it’s a very, very tough commitment. Far more so than most of the general public appreciate."
Mr Annesley is a former first grade rugby league referee and chief operating officer of the NRL.
Pausing frequently to compose himself during his statement, Mr Annesely explained that ‘‘sport and rugby league in particular has been my life and in my blood since I was a kid’’. He said committing to another term in politics if re-elected as the member for Miranda in 2015 would mean it would be too late to return to a career in rugby league.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/nsw-minister-for-sport-and-recreation-graham-annesley-quits-20130828-2sq0z.html#ixzz2dFCATG4b