Labor MPs Accused Of Being Drunk In Parliament
"You can all cluster out there and have a little bitch session," Labor MPs told last week
A state Liberal MP has accused some of her Labor counterparts of being drunk in parliament, as a controversial stoush from last week reignites.
Shelley Hancock, the speaker of the house in the NSW parliament, was at the centre of a storm last Thursday after ejecting five Labor MPs from the chamber and calling them “idiots”, "blockheads" and "boofheads".
“You can all cluster out there and have a little bitch session, I don’t care,” she said, after booting the MPs during a parliamentary session that included Labor leader Luke Foley's reply speech to the state budget handed down earlier that week.
Hancock was accused of "partisan politics" by deputy Labor leader Michael Daley, who claimed she had ejected 263 opposition MPs from the chamber in her eight years as speaker, yet zero government members.
On Tuesday however, Hancock made the claim that Labor MPs have been impaired by alcohol while in parliament.
"I am really concerned about the effect of alcohol on many members," Hancock told the ABC.
"I suspect, and many people have said to me, that they're smelling alcohol on members when they come into question time."
Daley referred to the claims as "slurs" and "outrageous".
"No-one believes that's true, even the speaker knows that's not true ," he said in a press conference on Tuesday, asking Hancock to apologise for claims "she can not substantiate".
"Not once has she mentioned that to me, not once has she mentioned that to the leader of the opposition. I've spoken to all five MPs that were ejected last week. Not one of them had a drink before question time last week."
Daley compared Hancock's time as speaker to a soccer referee who was a "bad cheat", and claimed she was "unfit" to remain in her position.
He said he had spoken to the five MPs who were ejected from the chamber, who denied they were affected by alcohol, but dodged several questions on whether other Labor members had consumed alcohol that day.