Health Minister’s shows off his dance moves in parliament
HEALTH Minister Brad Hazzard turned parliament into a dancefloor during Question Time yesterday, causing Labor to question whether he was "drunk''.
The bizarre episode unfolded on state parliament's first sitting day after the winter break, when Labor MP Jodi McKay raised a point of order - but then admitted that she didn't know what question had been asked - after Mr Hazzard began detailing why Labor was untrustworthy.
Rather than taking his seat, Mr Hazzard showed off his fancy footwork with several dance moves, including pointing at Ms McKay who remarked: "That is not how you should behave as a Minister."
"Have you been drinking? Are you drunk?" she asked Mr Hazzard.
Speaker Shelley Hancock cut in: "What an accusation to make, member for Strathfield! Run to the media, run to the media".
Ms McKay shot back, saying: "That would be the pot calling the kettle black, Madam Speaker."
The potshots between the two women referred to an incident in June when Ms Hancock came under fire for making unsubstantiated claims that Labor MPs were drunk during Question Time.
Mr Hazzard, who said he was "more a cha-cha man", told The Daily Telegraph he was not drunk.
"It was much easier to dance than to have to listen to the rubbish," he said.
"The debate was about not being able to trust Labor in the by-election of Wagga Wagga and (Ms McKay's) diversionary tactic was silly and … the assertion about being drunk was just plain stupid.
"I haven't had a drink for at least four days.
"A few pretty-poor dance steps still made the day a lot more pleasant than having to listen to her point of order."
Mr Hazzard said Ms McKay was just attempting to mute his attack on Labor. "I was attacking (Luke) Foley over a lack of trust …. and the Australian Medical Association of Australia saying as recently as November you can't trust Labor or Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord and she was taking a point of order to block my attack on the lack of trust that you can have in Labor," he said.
"She was being annoying."
The melee in June broke out after Ms Hancock ejected five Labor MPs from the chamber during a heated final parliamentary sitting - the last one before the midwinter break - calling them "boofheads", "blockheads" and "idiots".