Jun 16, 2014

Bagpipes and faith healing: an evening with Geoff Shaw

After a week in which he was suspended from Victorian Parliament, Geoff Shaw entertains and offends at the Wheeler Centre.

Sally Whyte — Political reporter

Sally Whyte

Political reporter

There are many ways to spend a Friday night, and watching Geoff Shaw play the bagpipes at the Wheeler Centre is definitely among the weirdest.

It was a serendipitous accident of timing that although comedian Sammy J had booked Shaw months in advance, his appearance was at the end of the week in which the member for Frankston had been suspended from Victorian Parliament. The event was billed as part of the series Sammy J’s Democratic Party, and Shaw was the first guest. As the crowd milled around the door, we wondered whether he would show — after all, earlier in the week Shaw failed to show up to the vote that booted him out of Spring Street until September. But show up he did, and in a dark grey suit and pink shirt with his collar sitting awkwardly on top of his jacket, the independent MP didn’t quite look like the standard Wheeler Centre set. Sammy J (real name Sam McMillan) managed his guest well, achieving numerous laughs while prodding Shaw on some of his more controversial opinions.

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3 thoughts on “Bagpipes and faith healing: an evening with Geoff Shaw

  1. zut alors

    Is there anything worse than an evening with Geoff Shaw? Two evenings with Geoff Shaw.

  2. AR

    Albanese isn’t my favourite cup of hemlock but I was mightily impressed to see him wade into the middle of a klatch of Incontinent Convoy outisde his electorate office and take every question until they left, mumbling.
    Is iot too much to hope that politics might once again feature a speaker with a vision and a sceptical crowd giving a fair hearing?
    Anyone remember John Hewson’s fruitbox?

  3. Venise Alstergren

    ZUT: Yep. There’s something infinitely worse than two nights with Geoff Shaw. Namely, we poor cows who live in Victoria, and lumbered with the Napthine government, can watch our state finances being paid out for legal fees, from some of the greediest lawyers on the planet, as bloody Geoff Shaw contests the state government’s belated action.

    Or words to that effect. 🙂

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