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ABC journalist booted from Question Time for showing 'too much skin'

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ABC journalist Patricia Karvelas claimed she was removed from Question Time for wearing short sleeves.

ABC journalist Patricia Karvelas has tweeted her disappointment after she was removed from Question Time on Monday in Parliament House for wearing a short sleeve top.

Karvelas - who hosts ABC's RN Drive - tweeted a photo of her white sleeve top saying: "I have just been kicked out of #QT because you can allegedly see too much skin."

She also said: "I politely put my case that these are short sleeves. I left when the attendant insisted. I think the rule is out of step with contemporary standards".

Since the incident, many journalists and politicians jumped to her defence.

Many pointed out some female MPs, including Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, sometimes wear similar short sleeve dresses or tops on the floor of parliament.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young called for the dress code to be updated.

While MP for Melbourne Adam Brandt tweeted he petitioned for the "bare arms" rule to be changed last year.

Parliamentary standing rules state journalists in the press gallery are required to wear jackets, or at least maintain a dress code "adopted by the majority of Senators & Members", according to Nine political correspondent Airlie Walsh.

Labor has asked Speaker Tony Smith to investigate the incident.

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