It was the night of the long butter knives! Or was it? On Wednesday in the bar of the Victorian Parliament, a shouting match between upper house MLC Adem Somyurek and Lara MLA John Eren spilt into the appropriately named "Stranger" restaurant. Both were screaming at each other in Turkish.

Sources close to Eren claim that Somyurek then grabbed a butter knife from the table he was dining at, and waved it about. Somyurek denies this, and is backed up by his two dining companions, Marlene Kairouz and Julie Suleyman, both members of Somyurek’s right-wing "Mods" factionette.