Tips and rumours

Jun 26, 2014

Tips and rumours

Who's getting the boot in Parliament? Did Clive meet the caped crusader? Plus more on racist sheep.

From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours … Hasta la vista, baby. As question time increasingly becomes one of those animatronic displays where life-like but robotic figures endlessly rehearse the same statements, thank goodness for Agriculture Minister Barnaby “Red” Joyce. Yesterday he gave an answer that started off being about the dairy industry but then veered into a different kind of robotic territory. Minus interruptions from the opposition, Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and his colleagues, it went:
“We used to think they were terminators -- even the member for Hunter last week was still a terminator under his breath. I said, 'Mate, you're no longer terminators.' He said, 'Well, I am, I'm still a little bit of a terminator.' You were a massive terminator, you were a massive terminator, but no longer. I think the only terminators that are left in the Labor Party ... “But I tell you what: there are still two terminators on the other side -- there still are. There is Tanya the terminator -- Or Member for Sydney the terminator, but she is not going to terminate the bill on the carbon tax; she is going to terminate -- the bill at the front desk. That is what she is going to terminate. But there are other terminators. There is the member for Grayndler. I think he might be a bit of a terminator as well --he is the people's choice of a terminator. So we look forward to them terminating you very soon.”
And to think we used to complain about Mar'n Ferguson’s mumbles. A bootable offence. Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop seems to take great delight in in kicking Labor MPs out of question time, and yesterday Gellibrand MP Tim Watts took some umbrage at being booted. The 32-year-old MP took to Instragram to express his displeasure at his expulsion, using a version of the Australian flag made famous in an episode of The Simpsons.

Watts is an enthusiastic user of Instagram, and Ms Tips has spotted a few real-life versions of the boot flag on cars and in windows on her visits to Watts' electorate. Could the order of the boot be the new light on the hill for the ALP?

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3 thoughts on “Tips and rumours

  1. zut alors

    Watts’ instagram is a beauty. But, in the interests of accuracy, Cruella de Vil’s shoe is a sharp pointed stiletto.

  2. AR

    I’m really worried that she is turning into a Dalek in drag with the stentorian “resume your seat! resume your SEAT! RESUME your… ” that threatens to shatter my delicate Waterford crystal collection.

  3. TheFamousEccles

    Does anyone know what Bananaby was banging on about? I am certain that he doesn’t, but there may accidentally be some subtext to this taxpayer-funded vague-out?

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