Chooks in par­lia­ment – it’s no yolk

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­THONY TEMPLETON

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.

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