Dunne manages to steal the boss's thunder
Jeremy Hanson and Alistair Coe. Photo: Graham Tidy
Tuesday's question time, Jeremy's Hanson's first as the Canberra Liberals' leader, was meant to be his star turn. After all, in the last Assembly Hanson ruled the QT world. But he was truly upstaged on Tuesday by his Liberal colleague Vicki Dunne.
Madame Speaker seems to have acquired a little extra zeal since we saw her in the Speaker's chair last year, perhaps fired up with a sense of mission from her pre-Assembly religious service on Monday morning.
Whatever the cause, we heard a lot more from Dunne during Hanson's first QT than we did from everyone else combined.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher during Question Time. Photo: Graham Tidy
The new leader got off to a decent start, pulling Katy Gallagher up on what could have been a careless moment on the wireless talking about improvements in the performance of the health systems. But after that, it was all Dunne, although Hanson did look very leaderly throughout in his new spot at the head of the opposition benches.
First up, Simon Corbell was in trouble with the chair for displaying way too much relish while going on about the Canberra Liberals' present internal ructions.
Dunne thundered that she'd been forced to adopt her ''mother voice'' in order to get Corbell to shut up and sit down. ''You're certainly not my mother,'' Corbell sulked back.
The government benches weren't going to let up on their opponents so easy though, with Chief Minister Katy Gallagher telling the chamber of Gary Humphries spending a happy morning at the opening of the Arboretum this month, the senator blissfully unaware that he was heading to the ''departure lounge''. Madam Speaker didn't like that either.
Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr found himself in strife, deservedly, for an ungracious little dig at his ousted former opposite number Brendan Smyth.
''I thank the shadow treasurer for his question,'' Barr said. ''And I note that he's moved a position down and wish him all the best for this term.''
A little later on, Multicultural Affairs Minister Joy Burch was in trouble with Dunne for ''skiving off, laughing and carrying on''.
No one remembers the place being this strict in Shane Rattenbury's days in the Speaker's chair.
Simon was back in the naughty corner again, this time referring ''not very sotto voce'' to former Liberals leader Zed Seselja as ''senator''.
Still later, Corbell was guilty as charged on a poor humour wrap.
''It wasn't really funny, it was a bit of a dad joke,'' the Speaker told the Attorney-General about one of his cracks.
A few more days like this and Labor-Greens will be begging Hanson to return to his old role as the loudest voice in question time.