Rule the school... or should that be parliament?
Rule the school... or should that be parliament? File

Mean girls and Barry Manilow: an unusual day in Parliament

SERENADING a political rival is not the usual tactic used in parliamentary banter.

But when the debate turned to the pink uniform plan concocted by the Newman government and former attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie, Police Minister Jo-Ann Miller used her own style to take a jab at the Kawana MP.

She described the outfits as "Kawana couture" and later sang her version of Barry Manilow's famous song Copacabana.

Ms Miller also noted the pink tie Mr Bleijie was sporting, and on a Wednesday no less, which made her suggest he had been inspired by teen comedy Mean Girls.

In the Lindsay Lohan movie about social cliques, the popular girls must wear pink on Wednesdays.

She went on to steal the slang "fetch" from the movie.

The term has drifted from the silver screen to find itself a permanent place in Urban Dictionary as another word for cool, awesome or good.

After telling parliament the uniforms were not "very fetch", Ms Miller said Mr Bleijie had become the laughing stock of Queensland.

"But the Queensland people aren't laughing anymore, because they're singing," she said.

"I understand the new song is called something like 'Coco Kawana' and it goes something like this... his name was coco, coco Kawana. Beauty and fashion was never his passion."

Ms Miller's rendition of Copacabana made Mr Bleijie turn a little pink himself.


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