Maybe he was impersonating a unicorn.\ But Surfers Paradise MP John-Paul Langbroek has been accused of making “unparliamentary and inappropriate hand gestures” while sitting in the Parliamentary chamber on Wednesday afternoon.
Speaker Peter Wellington had just called out the Member for Chatsworth, Steve Minnikin, during a back and forth debate across the chamber about the budget, telling the House, “I do not need your hand movements provoking government backbenchers to play a part in this silly game”.
“It is a little bit over the top at the moment,” Mr Wellington said.
A short while later, when the parliamentary camera was on Deb Frecklington as she attempted to skewer the government over their budget, Mr Langbroek, who sits next to the LNP deputy leader, could be seen either shaking an imaginary sauce bottle, before demonstrating where a rhinoceros’ horn could be found, or, as Labor’s Kate Jones described it, making an “unparliamentary and inappropriate hand gesture”.
“My concern is that the Member for Surfers Paradise immediately disregarded your ruling,” she said.
“As such, I believe it is a reflection on the chair. The Member for Surfers Paradise should explain his actions and whether indeed they were directed at the Speaker or his own opposition member.”
Shortly after Ms Jones spoke, Mr Langbroek once again demonstrated how he ensures he gets the last bit of sriracha sauce out of the bottle, to the rapt enthusiasm of his LNP colleagues.
Ms Jones said she would write to Mr Wellington over the matter.
At a later press conference, Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said he hadn’t seen the footage.
But he did say he would be “reinforcing to MPs the importance of maintaining appropriate standards in the house”.