INDEPENDENT MP Peter Slipper is certainly earning his keep as Speaker.
In the 10 Question Times umpired by the member for Fisher this year, he has managed to eject 21 politicians from his former party - more than two a day.
The ALP - who put him in the prestigious role - have copped five evictions, or one every two days.
His highest-profile stoushes include ejecting Wyatt Roy from the room on his third day in the job, with Nationals Leader Warren Truss following a week later.
Mr Truss was joined by a mass walkout of disgusted colleagues.
At the time, although careful not to criticise the Speaker, Mr Truss said it was up to the public to consider if Mr Slipper was treating everyone fairly.
Perhaps his response was borne out this week when he cut off Prime Minister Julia Gillard for straying too far from answering the Opposition's question.
In the first moments of Tuesday's Question Time, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said Ms Gillard had admitted in days prior to "having made mistakes".
"Was one of those mistakes telling the Australian people, five days before the election, 'There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead'?"
In the to and fro that followed, the PM attempted to box in the Coalition by referring to its support of an emissions trading scheme in the weeks before the 2007 election.
However, Mr Slipper would have none of it.
As she launched into the opposition, he demanded that her answer be "directly relevant" four times.
He then cut off her microphone and told her to sit down.
Perhaps Mr Slipper was feeling confident after the formal procession led him to the chair, or a tad hostile as former Speaker Harry Jenkins himself donned a silver bow-tie in a possible jibe at his replacement.
It appeared to come as a shock to the Prime Minister, who was no doubt ready for battle after seeing off the Kevin Rudd challenge only the day before.
No-one can count themselves surprised - Mr Slipper said when he accepted the role that he would be a tough ruler.
In fact, he has already ejected more ALP members in his first 10 days than his predecessor managed since Labor formed government in 2010
Mr Slipper is backed by tradition, which showed that whether it was John Howard, Kevin Rudd or Ms Gillard at the helm, it was always the opposition who bore the Speaker's wrath.
Figures obtained by the Sunshine Coast Daily show that during the final term of the Howard-led government - from 2004 to 2007, 206 pollies from Labor or independents were kicked out.
Just 139 Coalition MPs were ejected during Labor's first term, with another 15 from their own ranks given the boot.
Since the 2010 formation of the current government, 104 Coalition or independent MPs have been kicked out of Question Time with another 14 coming from the ALP.
Ms Gillard would not make comment on how Mr Slipper treated her, except to say the Speaker is responsible for maintaining order in the chamber and upholding standing orders.
Yesterday morning, Mr Slipper posted a link to the Question Time footage on his Twitter page.
BY THE NUMBERS
Ejections from Question Time over the years:
2012 alone, under Speaker Peter Slipper
21 ejected from Oppsn/Ind
5 from govt
2010 - now: PM Julia Gillard
104 ejected from Oppsn/Ind
14 - govt
2007-2010: PM Kevin Rudd/PM Julia Gillard:
139 ejected from oppsn/ind
15 ejected from govt
2004 - 2007: PM John Howard
206 ejected from oppsn or independents
9 from government.
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