not even in russia: the aussie speaker of the house loses the purpose of democracy...
The Federal Opposition has accused Bronwyn Bishop of "serious partiality" in her role as Speaker of the House of Representatives and sought to move a motion of no confidence in the Speaker.
The substance of the motion was debated as Labor sought to suspend standing orders but failed on party lines.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has labelled the move a "juvenile display" and defended Mrs Bishop as having done a "very good job".
Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke moved the motion after the Speaker "named" Labor frontbencher Mark Dreyfus, leading to him being thrown out of the chamber for 24 hours.
To be "named" by the Speaker for disorderly behaviour is one of the most serious actions that can be taken against an MP.
Mr Burke argued that the punishment was not warranted.
"He didn't just get warned, he didn't just get thrown out - he got named - for calling you 'Madam Speaker'," Mr Burke said.
"Yesterday we had a member of Parliament thrown out for laughing.
"Madam Speaker we have spent months watching you laugh at every joke from the ministers at the expense of members of the Opposition."
Mark Dreyfus is one of the most respectful and GENTLE man in the Aussie parliament. On the other side, Tony abbott lies and is the most despicable PM since federation... But Dreyfus knows shit when shit is thrown around. Okay, Tony, be fair, the old lady has had her fun in the sun. Time to put her back on the back benches or sent her to a retirement village on the north shore, with all the old chooks and those fellas who's lost their marbles...
She is not decent speaker material for a fair Australia.