I had to check my pulse to see if I was OK -- or, perhaps, dead. I was flummoxed, unhappy and in need of reassurance. I had, I'd just discovered, agreed with Judith Sloan.

The good prof isn't happy with how the government has compromised on Australian Building and Construction Commission bill. In fact, she's a very long way from happy. "An appalling mishmash of inconsistent and ­unworkable provisions that completely undermines any benefits that could flow from the restoration of the ABCC," was one of Sloan's descriptions. She even, quelle horreur, quoted Penny Wong approvingly.