CANBERRA -- Labor's Kate Ellis has only just indicated she is going to leave politics, and is not gone yet, but talk of the departure of the Member for Adelaide has got us musing on what we will miss.
There's no doubt she has made a serious impact over 13 years in federal parliament, especially in her current portfolio of childcare.
But politics is also theatre, especially during question time.
And Kate Ellis always brought the outrage.
Because, you know, this is how you respond to the Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg. If you are Kate Ellis.
This how you listen to Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop. If you are Kate Ellis.
And this is how Labor frontbenchers chat amongst themselves while government types are on their feet. Ellis brought it.
The Member for Adelaide tested various Speakers over the years and was often punted under "disorderly conduct" standing order 94a.
Props are not allowed in question time, but it is important to note that Ellis has always been a team player.
But now Ellis has made a decision for her family and her young son Sam will now be her focus.
It's telling that politicians across the political spectrum have wished her well and have respected what must have been a very difficult decision. And we join them.