On 12 March 2013, the then Manager of Opposition Business (Christopher PyneThe Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, Federal Member for Sturt Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science from 21.9.15 MP) asked Speaker Anna Burke to make a ruling on a tweet by Member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbons during question time, asking for the Member to withdraw. Mr Gibbons had tweeted:
@SteveGibbonsMP ‘Looks like @tonyabbottmhr has contracted out his nasty side to interjectors in the public gallery. A new low even for the Libs!’.
Mr Gibbons had tweeted this after two people had been ejected from the public gallery in succession, for interjecting during Question Time.
The following day Speaker Anna Burke responded, stating that it was outside her role and responsibilities to monitor private communications or the use of social media ‘when it is thought that they have come from the chamber’.