Over the last couple of weeks I have been watching parliamentary question time on ABC. I’m not altogether sure I gain any clarity on current issues as the politicians seem to always dance around the answers with their fancy deviations and verbose responses.
However, I truly sit in amazement for the speaker of the house. He keeps proceedings moving forward, he quickly pounces on anyone getting out of line and most importantly he keeps his cool.
Sometimes the frustrations will show in his face or in the tone of his voice but never does he stand up and shout, “Just shut up!”
Honestly I don’t know how he does it. To me, during question time most politicians seem like children in suits who use this opportunity to take pot shots at their opponent. So there.
I wonder if I spoke to my children in the manner Mr Speaker addresses the house they would listen more.
“Would the Member of the second bedroom please take his seat and the Member of the first bedroom go to time out for 10 minutes”.
I suppose the key factor here is that the members of parliament respect the Speaker of House and his position; even if they sometimes lack respect for their peers. This is why they listen to him.
Respect. Earn your children’s respect and they will listen. How do you do that? Well the Speaker of the House sets a fine example. He gives everyone the opportunity to have their say, but if they step out of line he doesn’t let them get away with it. It’s common sense really. As adults we like to have our say; so why not the little people.
I wonder if the Speaker of the House has a long stiff drink after question time.
This post was originally posted on my other Mum’s Word blog “Hats Off To The Speaker Of The House”