What do senators need be taught about manners? A lot, according to the inaugural newsletter from the President of the Senate. “From the President’s Chair: An occasional procedural bulletin” was circulated to senators this week from Senate President Stephen Parry.
It covers questions and supplementary questions, and also “Courtesy in the chamber”. It tells senators to “Acknowledge the chair, be spatially aware” (which could make a nice jingle), reminding senators not to walk between the chair and the speaker and to take their seats quickly when entering the chamber. It also includes a list of acceptable and unacceptable phrasings: