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Nov 15, 2007

Alexander Downer and the not so great debate

It’s impossible to stop the Coalition’s attack spaniel, Alexander Downer, from chasing after cars. Yesterday he went yapping at the heels of the South Australian state transport minister, Pat Conlon.

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Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is debating his Labor counterpart Robert McClelland as Crikey goes to press, but it’s impossible to stop the Coalition’s attack spaniel from chasing after cars. Yesterday he went yapping at the heels of the South Australian state transport minister, Pat Conlon.

Pat Conlon looks just like you’d imagine a Pat Conlon to look. He makes Laurie Ferguson look suave. But he has his dignity. And Pat saw red after weeks of Coalition election advertising singling him out over his running of Adelaide’s public transport and his old job as a trade union official. So he challenged Downer to a debate.

Neither side seems to have landed a killer punch. Indeed, Conlon was forced to accept responsibility and apologise for the series of recent problems that have plagued Adelaide’s trains and single tramline.

“Imagine running a country in the way the South Australian Minister for Transport and the State Government runs the transport system in SA,” Downer said.

Well, the Glenelg tram runs through the Labor marginals seats of Adelaide and Hindmarsh, but it really isn’t a matter for the Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Adelaide Advertiser gave the debate to Downer by “a short leg” (possibly wearing fishnet stocking), but Conlon seemed to sum everything up with rheotorical questions that would do the federal Labor leader proud.

“The real question in this debate is why is it happening at all?” he said. “’Why is a state minister being dragged into a federal campaign?”

“The answer is simple; it’s because the Liberals know they can’t beat Kevin Rudd in a fair fight.”

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7 thoughts on “Alexander Downer and the not so great debate

  1. Paul

    Alexander Downer would have done himself a better service by refusing to show off his language ‘skills’ against Rudd. His massacre of a simple sentence in French earlier today clearly demonstrates what a waste of taxpayers money his language course was…

  2. Paul

    Alexander Downer would have done himself a better service by refusing to show off his language ‘skills’ against Rudd. His massacre of a simple sentence in French earlier today clearly demonstrates what a waste of taxpayers money his language course was…

  3. Alex Millier

    I agree with dj. If Zander opened a zoo, it would be a shit zoo.

  4. Andrew Burt

    Alexander Downer will be running for Premier of SA in the next Election, a certainty.

  5. dj

    dont be so rude to spaniels they are real dogs my mum had anattack spaniel a full size english springer. it was as much a guard dog as any other medium to large dog. Spaniels bark not yap. Downer is a shitzu not a spaniel.

  6. Alex Millier

    Downer’s meddling in state politics, using analogies about cricket teams and Howard’s promising money for Orangutans.They’re SO desperate AND they just don’t get it
    Alex Millier -Rear Admiral- “Alexander Downer is made entirely of pudding” facebook group

  7. Paul

    Alexander Downer would have done himself a better service by refusing to show off his language ‘skills’ against Rudd. His massacre of a simple sentence in French earlier today clearly demonstrates what a waste of taxpayers money his language course was…

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