Tips and rumours

May 14, 2014

Tips and rumours (budget-night edition)

Abbott goes drinking with his fave journos ... Left / Right divide over pub choice ... Joe Hockey on the dance floor ...

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Abbott's drinking buddies. Canberra can be rather a dull place, but that changes on budget night. With the budget delivered, Tony Abbott jumped in his prime ministerial BMW with his COS (and svengali) Peta Credlin, who was dressed in fire-engine red, and his media chief and ex-Australia Post exec Jane McMillan. The trio whirled through Canberra's pubs so the PM could sink a red with his media mates. It won't come as a surprise that he prioritised ...

Yes, that's the Daily Telegraph crew having their post-budget dinner at popular Manuka restaurant Portia's (most news organisations shout their journos a nice dinner in Canberra after the budget). Chief reporter Simon Benson is on the left and Tele ed Paul "Boris" Whittaker on the right. It's a bit unusual for a PM to do a post-budget media tour, but he might have been bored. The pic, unwisely tweeted by Sunday Tele chief reporter Linda Silmalis, created a storm. Silmalis quickly deleted it (who asked you to do that, Linda?), but it was captured for posterity. Anti-Coalition types seized on the "let them eat cake" aspect of Abbott whooping it up with his Murdoch mates after a budget that puts the unemployed out on the street. So News Corp hit back ...

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8 thoughts on “Tips and rumours (budget-night edition)

  1. Jeremy Dore

    Midnight Oil ‘Stand in Line’ –
    We’re playing the music of the middle-aged queens
    Getting fatter and fatter and splitting their jeans
    It’s all the same, we’re out in the cold
    The good ones died, the others just got old
    Everything’s set, everything’s fine
    You just got to stand in line

  2. Chokyi Nyingpo

    It just has to be, ‘Miss me yet?’, by J Gillard

  3. Electric Lardyland

    Maybe IMF by Seun Kuti. While it is written mainly for an African audience, it does probably have a certain amount of relevance here.

  4. Hunted Snark

    ‘Delusions of Grandeur’
    (It’s a Pet Shop Boys B-side, but I couldn’t resist.)

  5. rhonaj

    The coalition lied, they will continue to lie, it is Sophistry of the first order. Joe may yet have to dance on his own grave. They have created a reality, A TEA PARTY REALITY and we are supposed to swallow this. Where is Sarah Palin?

  6. Sean Duckworth

    I know that most Australians will be wanting to sing “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Thelma Houston…

  7. CML

    @ rhonaj – Since there is only one woman in cabinet, I guess Julie baby has to be their ‘Sarah’!!

  8. Luke Helbling

    “Kill the Poor” by the Dead Kennedys? A little blunter than the political word games we hear but I think it covers the theme the govt is trying to get across with this budget.

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