Christian Kerr writes:

That’s the spirit! Don’t talk too loudly in
Canberra today. There are plenty of sore heads after a do last night hosted by
spirits king Diageo. More than 500 pollies, staff and movers and shakers
gathered in the Great Hall of Parliament House for the inaugural Spirit of
Diageo dinner – generously catered. It will be interesting to see how the booze
giant wants its hospitality repaid.

The second coming of Andrew Wilkie? Bob
Brown’s up for re-election at next year’s poll, and at the moment the Greens
could get two Senators elected from Tasmania. Who
could give the ticket a real boost? New Tasmanian Andrew Wilkie?

That’s unusual, that’s interesting. The
Prime Minister seemed to have a very broad smile on his face as he congratulated
friend Khemlani on the birth of his son in the party room on Tuesday – a smile
that got even broader when he commented how unique it was to name your
firstborn after your electorate.

Chicken – out! More feathers flew in
federal parliament yesterday – as did Labor backbencher Bernie Ripoll, “excused
from the service of the House” for 24 hours after bringing a toy chicken into
the chamber.

Peter Fray

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