Australian MP Faces Ejection over Lapel Pin

IN the NSW Upper House, five millimetres makes all the difference.

If your lapel pin is wider than the prescribed 20 millimetre limit, you could be ruled out of order for breaching dress standards.

Do that three times, and the president of the Upper House could eject you from the chamber.

But this did not worry Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, who wore a 25 millimetre wide Aboriginal flag pin back into the chamber on Wednesday, only a day after he expressed fears he could find himself expelled for breaching the parliamentary dress code.

“To be thrown out … because of a pin the size of a thumb nail … what planet are we on?” Mr Buckingham told AAP.

Government Whip Peter Phelps had on Tuesday called Mr Buckingham on a point of order for wearing the oversized badge, and Mr Buckingham expected a repeat the following day.

READ MORE: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/nsw-greens-mp-to-wear-aboriginal-flag-pin/story-fn3dxiwe-1226497506603

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