Awkward moment rookie senator and ex-rugby star David Pocock gets in trouble for dropping a swear word in Parliament
- Ex-Wallabies Star And Senator David Pocock Was Sentenced To Sin For His Language
- The senator dropped a colorful colloquialism in parliament on Thursday
- Other senators giggled as he proposed amendments to Labor’s climate bill
- Climate law passed by both houses and will see climate goals in legislation
Wallaby Senator David Pocock dropped an “unparliamentary” swear word as Anthony Albanese’s key climate change bill lay before the Senate.
At Thursday afternoon’s Senate session, the independent gave a colorful speech as he proposed his amendments to the bill — which has since passed.
Fed up with Mr Pocock set his sights on those who oppose the legislation and question climate science, telling the Senate in plain terms what he thought of the incessant debates about climate denial that Australians have endured.
“It seems like a pretty sad day in Australia, where we’re hearing discussions about climate science in 2022, after however long Australians have had to…”
However, the former rugby union star was intercepted by Conservative Senator Claire Chandler, who chaired the debate, who pulled him on his tongue.
Freshly minted Senator David Pocock raised eyebrows across the room for calling climate change denial ‘bullsh*t’ (pictured)
A grinning Senate chair (pictured) pulled Mr Pocock up for his “unparliamentary” language, though another senator protested that he got away with swearing on many occasions
“Order Senator Pocock, that language is not parliamentary, I beg you to withdraw,” Mrs Chandler told him.
Greens Senator Peter Whish-Wilson then chimed in on what sounded like, “I’ve gotten away with that several times.”
The smiling Mrs. Chandler then told Mr. Whish-Wilson that it might be, but asked Mr. Pocock to “find another term.”
The charismatic ex-footballer was then told that he couldn’t call scientific denial “bullsh*t” and that he had to choose another term – much to the delight of his colleagues (pictured)
The former Australian flanker chose the wrong feces to discuss as fellow Senator Pauline Hanson dropped references to ‘cattle sh*t’ multiple times a month ago
“I retract this truth,” said the yielding Mr. Pocock before continuing.
The ‘unparliamentary’ S-bomb sparked snickers in the Senate and those behind Mr Pocock were able to choke the laughter.
A rule governing debate in parliament means that politicians are not allowed to use disorderly or offensive language – the classification of which is determined by the president.
The politicians who opposed the bill – with arguments Mr Pocock described with the expletives – failed to block the landmark Labor bill.
The bill will set emissions reduction targets in the legislature, setting a national carbon target for 2030 and the target of net zero emissions by 2050.
Albania’s main bill was passed by both the Senate with Mr. Pocock’s amendments and again by the House of Representatives.
Mr Pocock’s (pictured) amendments to the Climate Change Act were passed by the Senate and later again by the House of Representatives
Mr Pocock only entered parliament this year when he was elected as an independent senator for the Australian Capital Territory
The bill has been with parliament since July, after Anthony Albanese ran for prime minister on the basis of climate-oriented promises.
It will become law once it has received royal assent.
The bill requires that greenhouse gas emissions be reduced by 43 percent by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
The independent Climate Change Authority will make future recommendations for emissions targets, including the 2035 target.
The legislation was passed by the Senate by 37 votes to 30, supported by Mr Pocock and the Jacqui Lambie Network and opposed by the LNP, One Nation and a United Australia Party senator.
Political journalists laughed at the incident, with some citing previous occasions that swearing had gone unnoticed in the Senate.
Aside from Whish-Wilson gossiping about herself, others soon remembered Pauline Hanson’s repeated use of “s**t” when referring to feces produced by cows in Bali during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak.