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.

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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:

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Peter Fray

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