Chooks in parliament – it’s no yolk
MOVING four chooks into Queensland Parliament is no poultry effort.
Speaker Peter Wellington yesterday announced Dorothy Dixer, Cluck of the Eggsembly, Miss Hensard and Miss Erskinelay would be able to run afoul of the precinct.
“The primary purpose of the chooks will be to dispose of appropriate kitchen waste and to provide eggs for the kitchen and fertiliser for our gardens,” he said.
Mr Wellington said parliamentary staff had built the luxurious chook pen, known as “The Eggsembly”, from recycled materials but he would not provide an estimate for the cost to taxpayers.
“My understanding is that the chicken coop used to be used as a storage area,” he said.
Long- term former Queensland premier Sir Joh BjelkePetersen used to famously refer to press conferences as “feeding the chooks”.
However, Deputy Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, who represents Mr BjelkePetersen’s old seat of Nanango, said she was a bit dubious how much the four chooks would contribute to the parliamentary kitchen.
“Four eggs a day isn’t going to go very far feeding everyone in this place,” she said.