MP's die hard stand for his 'pies

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Albany MP Peter Watson will give his suit and tie a rest today, opting to wear his beloved Collingwood guernsey to State Parliament instead in the lead up to Saturday’s AFL grand final.

Picture by Laurie Benson: Passionate Magpies’ supporter, Albany MLA Peter Watson.

Proving he is no shrinking violet, Mr Watson is wearing his guernsey and scarf into Parliament for the second year running in a passionate show of support for his favourite AFL football team.

The Melbourne-born politician has been a die hard Collingwood fan since he was given a guernsey at the tender age of three.

“It was given to me by a guy who used to have a Collingwood guernsey and beanie on 12 months of the year,” he said.

“He used to get me on my high chair and he would pinch me on the cheek and say ‘don’t you barrack for Carlton, you barrack for Collingwood’.”

Mr Watson was the only member wearing footy gear in Parliament at the same time last year.

He expects this year will be no different but he would stop short of standing up and singing the theme song for fear of being thrown out.

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