Julian McGauran makes rude gesture to Australian Senate
Friday, August 12, 2005
The Senator Australian Senate had made an "unseemly" gesture across the floor of the Senate whilst it was in session on August 11, apparently as a result of interjections about a division taking place.in the
This ruling caused a fierce debate, with Senator Brown saying that McGauran's "arrogant and disgusting" actions exemplified the Government's attitude towards its new-found Senate majority, whilst Senator , the Senate leader, had criticised Brown of hypocrisy, stating that Brown had "broken every law in Australia" and "every law in Tasmania" (which Bartlett noted as a point of order as being hyperbole).
Senator McGauran then spoke, stating that he "regret[ted] his actions". Brown however noted that this was not an unqualified apology. A motion was then put that the President's ruling be dissented from, which debate was set for another sitting. Senator , the Senate leader and Senator Brown had called for McGauran's sacking as Chief Government whip; his National Party superiors have said that they will speak to McGauran about the incident.
- ABC News Online. "MP's finger gesture provokes sacking call" — , Aug 12 2005
- Australian Parliament. "Senate Hansard (entire) for August 11 (pdf)" — , Aug 11 2005
- Image of McGauran's gesture. Note this is not the middle finger as traditionally used but the index finger.
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