MP fuming over "Lord Lamington" insult
IPSWICH MP Ian Berry has hit out at his Labor rival Jo-Ann Miller after she referred to him as "Lord Lamington" on the floor of State Parliament.
Mrs Miller made the comment during a debate about security on Queensland Rail trains on Wednesday night.
Her spokesman later told The QT she was referring to a fake Twitter account - named FakeIanBerry - which regulalry lampoons the LNP member and features a picture of him with a giant lamington superimposed on his head.
Mr Berry was absent from the chamber when Bundamba MP Mrs Miller began speaking at 9pm.
Looking towards the government benches, she asked: "Where is the member for Ipswich tonight? Lord Lamington himself - where is he tonight?"
Mr Berry heard the comment on the broadcast within Parliament House and reportedly rushed into the chamber to protest to the Deputy Speaker.
But the Deputy Speaker said he had not heard Mrs Miller's comment over the chatter in the chamber - although her comment was recorded on Hansard, the official parliamentary record.
Mr Berry asked the Deputy Speaker: "Did you hear the comment Lord Lamington, Mr Deputy Speaker? Did you hear it or did you not?"
He replied he did not and told Mr Berry to take his seat. The MP the added: "It is absolutely embarrassing to hear this nonsense."
Mrs Miller interjected once more, further angering Mr Berry.
"You're an embarrassment!" he told her, adding: "Almost everybody in Queensland heard the comment."
The name-calling continued the simmering feud between the two neighbouring MPs.
Mrs Miller is still to face the parliamentary ethics committee for refusing to bow to Mr Berry when he was acting as Deputy Speaker in November.
That was just one of a string of incidents which saw Mrs Miller ejected from parliament three times last year.
After the incident Mr Berry said Mrs Miller's behaviour indicated she had nothing positive to add to political debate in Queensland.
"Mrs Miller's carry-on in Parliament merely serves to prove that Labor has no plans for the future of Ipswich," he said.
Mr Berry said whoever operates the satirical Twitter account has too much spare time on their hands.
"While I do not know who operates the Twitter account, clearly someone is spending too much time on the internet and not enough time doing their job."
Mrs Miller said she was unaware of who is behind the fake account.
"I have no idea who runs the parody account, but if I run into them I owe them a beer for giving us all a laugh," she said.
"I understand Mr Berry has only been in Parliament one year but he needs to get a thick skin."