Morris shuts down discussion of Nicholson and Johnson Smith controversy
Senate President Floyd Morris would not entertain any discussion in the Senate this morning on the controversy between Leader of Government Business A. J Nicholson and Opposition Senator Kamina Johnson Smith.
At the start of the sitting Morris chided senators for their conduct in the Upper House in recent times and stressed that members should show more respect to each other.
He also reiterated that he will be moving to enforce the Standing Orders of the Senate.
Leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Tom Tavares-Finson, then rose to enquire if the Senate president will address the concern he raised in a letter he wrote to him about the conduct of Senator Nicholson last week.
However, Morris would not entertain any discussions on the matter and promptly asked Tavares-Finson to take his seat.
Tavares-Finson insisted that he should be heard but the Senate president would have none of it.
The opposition has been pressing for action to be taken against Senator Nicholson over his “flexi-rape” comment during the recent debate on the flexi-work legislation.
Nicholson subsequently apologised for the comment.
However, there remains tension between the opposition and the Senator over allegations that Nicholson made threatening and defamatory remarks against Johnson Smith.
The comments were reportedly made during email exchanges between Senator Nicholson, Marlene Malahoo-Forte and Johnson-Smith.