Sunday 16th of December 2018

the right to bare arms in the australian parliament...

bare arms...

ABC Radio National presenter Patricia Karvelas was asked by an attendant to leave the press gallery during Question Time at Parliament House because she was showing "too much shoulder".

Ms Karvelas was wearing a white "half-sleeve" pantsuit, but a supervisor in the House of Representatives had deemed she was in breach of the dress standards, which dictate what MPs, their staff, members of the media and visitors to the public gallery can wear.

She shared an image of what she had been wearing on Twitter, while saying she thinks the Parliament House rules are "out of step with contemporary standards".

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Following Ms Karvelas's tweet, the Opposition asked Speaker Tony Smith to investigate the events in the press gallery.

He said he would report back quickly.

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the standards needed to be upheld, while his Liberal colleague Michael Sukkar said it was "scandalous".

Labor MP Rob Mitchell described it as "a joke", while Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek made light of Ms Karvelas's removal from the press gallery.

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Following Ms Karvelas's tweet, other social media users were quick to point out that former foreign minister Julie Bishop wore a pink, sleeveless dress in the House of Representatives on November 26.

Gareth Hutchens, an economics and political correspondent at The Guardian, revealed he was kicked out of the chamber after rushing to a special condolence motion for former Fairfax correspondent Michael Gordon after forgetting his jacket.

Sky News political reporter Tom Connell said the rules were "crazy".

"Also for blokes though — we are not allowed to go in without a jacket. Takes about 15 seconds for someone to tap you on the shoulder," he wrote on Twitter.

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A screenshot of a tweet by Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek

 

read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-03/why-was-patricia-karvelas-kicked-...

meanwhile at the ballon d'or...

What should have been a proud moment for Ada Hegerberg upon becoming the first-ever female Ballon D'Or winner, was marred by shame when she was shockingly asked to twerk onstage by French DJ and ceremony co-host Martin Solveig.

 

The Norway and Olympique Lyonnais striker made history by clinching the inaugural Ballon d'Or - awarded to the world's best player in the women's game - after scoring 31 goals in 29 games for Lyon across all competitions this season.

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/sport/445491-twerk-ballon-dor-stage/

 

See also: 

One man saved, two women dumped: Is there a double standard on preselection?

guilty white pantsuits...

Ms Karvelas was asked to leave the press gallery on Monday after an official in the House of Representatives decided her white pantsuit was in breach of the dress code.


The dress standards dictate what MPs, their staff, members of the media and visitors to the public gallery can wear.


Speaker Tony Smith said Ms Karvelas should not have been asked to leave and flagged a review of the parliamentary dress code.


"The journalist in question was attired in a way which would be reasonably considered professional business attire," he said.

Mr Smith said he had asked that the dress code for female journalists be reviewed to bring it into line with "the definition of formal business attire …having regard to the attire of members generally".

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne, speaking on behalf of the Federal Government, apologised to Ms Karvelas.

"I would like to apologise on behalf of this side of the House to Ms Karvelas for being ejected yesterday from the press gallery," he said.

 

Read more:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-04/patricia-karvelas-should-not-have-been-removed-question-time/

 

Note how Pyne changed his tune:

Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said the standards needed to be upheld...

Leader of the House Christopher Pyne, speaking on behalf of the Federal Government, apologised to Ms Karvelas