Oh, those terrible, terrible politicians, always
with their snouts in the trough, always taking junkets and freebies at
the expense of others!
When it comes to a free feed, however, it seems that Press Gallery
members have few qualms about crashing functions to gorge on goodies.
Last night at the Flavours of Tasmania – a little shindig put on by
Eric Abetz to showcase Tassie food and wine at Parliament House – the
free lunch crowd was out in force.
Gallery titans such as Matt Price, Mark Riley, Greg Turnbull, Tim
Lester (at least he’s a Tasmanian) and Karen Middleton appeared at the
party, along with the invited journos and food writers. Middleton, the
Gallery president, even got lucky and won the door prize.
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Even Labor MPs got in on the act. Uninvited Caucus drop-ins included
George Campbell, Martin Ferguson, Harry Quick (at least he’s a
Tasmanian too), Kelvin Thompson and Rod Sawford. No doubt they were
there to expropriate goods for the proletariat – oysters, smoked
salmon, blue cheese, luxury chocolates, Boags and Cascade.
But a passing nod to Labor’s Gavin Marshall. He also gatecrashed –
but at least he shelled out almost $2,000 from his own pocket to buy
one of the Aboriginal paintings on offer.