Last night marked the Sydney launch of BuzzFeed political editor Mark Di Stefano’s diary of his time on the campaign trail of the 2016 federal election, What a Time to Be Alive. There’s no word on whether any union officials offered him cocaine at the launch, but we’re sure we’ll find out in the book’s sequel. While yesterday morning Melbourne University Publishing was still holding onto the hope that embattled Senator Sam Dastyari would be on hand to help launch the book, it didn’t take long before a new press release was issued saying that Labor MP Terri Butler would be replacing Dasher to do the honours. Also announced this week, Chris Mitchell’s new tome, Making Headlines, will be launched at the end of the month by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in Sydney. We hope that Mitchell’s boss Rupert Murdoch (who features on the cover — possibly, maybe photoshopped — behind a copy of The Australian) makes an appearance, but we wouldn’t bet on it. We hope for Mitchell’s sake he doesn’t meet the same fate as Di Stefano: having to find a fill-in speaker when the first hides from the media after a scandal. Turnbull isn’t having a lucky run at the moment, so it’s possible.

Peter Fray

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