Following maverick (and ubiquitous) MP Clive Palmer’s abrupt departure
from an interview with 7:30
’s Sarah Ferguson last night, we at Crikey
thought we’d look back at some of Australian politicians' more embarrassing on-air moments in recent memory.
Jaymes Diaz misses the point
Liberal candidate for Greenway Jaymes Diaz rose to international infamy following a fumbling interview that showed us just how wrong media briefings can go. His inability to show any understanding of Coalition policy beyond the carefully crafted slogans in his pamphlet led to a barrage of mockery from the world press and dashed any hope of his victory in Sydney.
Kevin Rudd has a bad day
In hindsight, footage such as this leaked recording
of Kevin Rudd struggling with his Mandarin should have tipped us off that there was something a little off about our former prime minister. As a piece of propaganda, though, it backfired brilliantly -- much like Rudd's bashful dalliance with the New York strip club scene, the sight of our prime minister swearing in frustration actually gained him some support in the eyes of people who viewed his polished exterior with suspicion.
Tony Abbott remains calm