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Qld MPs race for early morning vote in PJs

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016 Jamie McKinnell

Queensland MPs caught off guard by an early morning vote have been forced to race into the chamber half-dressed.

The spectacle unfolded about 2.30am on Thursday when Liberal National Jeff Seeney was not allowed to contribute to a debate because he wasn't on a list of speakers.

Mr Seeney questioned whether that was consistent with an earlier ruling but Speaker Peter Wellington said it was "bad form" on his part to attempt to change the way parliament operated.

"I know what you're saying but there is an understanding ... there is a list organised," Mr Wellington said.

Mr Seeney then moved that the next speaker - Labor's Jennifer Howard - not be heard and an unexpected division was called.

Opposition MPs were caught on video running into the chamber just in time - some barefoot, others wearing shorts and t-shirts and football jerseys. One was even sporting a jacket with no shirt.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad and Education Minister Kate Jones clapped and laughed at the saga.

The motion was defeated 42-32 and Ms Howard rose to speak.

"Thank you Mr Speaker, thank you for dressing for the occasion," she replied.

An amused Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey raised a point of order.

"I noticed that the Member for Hervey Bay appears not to be wearing a shirt," he said.

"Is that appropriate under the standing orders?"

Mr Wellington saw no issue.

"For new members, when the bells are ringing you get here as quick as you can," Mr Wellington said.

For some, that equated to a rude awakening.

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