Double standards don’t get much better than this. From last Thursday’s Hansard:
Mr ABBOTT (Warringahâ€”Leader of the House) (12.34 pm)â€”I move: That that snivelling grub over there be not further heard.
Opposition members interjectingâ€”
The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Lindsay)â€”Order! Members shall not speak in the gangway.
Mr Albaneseâ€”Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise on a point of order. I ask the obvious, which is that the Leader of the House withdraw that remark. He has a particular responsibility to uphold standards in this House. He once again has gone that yard too far.
Mr Abbottâ€”If I have offended grubs, I withdraw unconditionally.
From today’s SMH:
But Ms Gillard, the manager of opposition business in the lower house, interrupted his speech on the merits of the bill.
“I move that that snivelling grub over there be not further heard,” she said.
Speaker of the house, David Hawker, asked Ms Gillard to withdraw the comment, to which she responded: “If I have offended grubs I withdraw unconditionally.”
But Mr Hawker was not satisfied and asked her to withdraw “without reservation”.
Ms Gillard insisted she had acted in accordance with the speaker’s ruling yesterday that Mr Abbott withdraw similar comments he made about Labor frontbencher Kelvin Thomson last week.
But Mr Hawker was not happy, and Mr Abbott asked that his opposition counterpart be ordered from the chamber.