The leader of the Australian opposition, Peter Dutton, repeatedly called Sharon Claydon, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives “Mr. Speaker” despite being corrected multiple times.
Dutton had been delivering a speech criticizing prime minister Anthony Albanese’s government’s proposed energy bill on Thursday Dec. 15 when he kept referring to Claydon as “Mr. Speaker.”
Claydon then interrupted him to correct him.
“You continue to call me ‘Mr. Speaker’, and I’ve given it a long rein,” Claydon said. “You need to use my correct title, and when you’re referring to other members…”
Dutton then apologized for not using her correct title but then proceeded to call her “Mr. Speaker” again throughout his speech.
Claydon interjected several times to remind him that she is “not Mr. Speaker” but Dutton continued to address her by the wrong title 18 times throughout his entire speech, according to the Guardian.