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Dec 15, 2016

Hinch’s Senate Diary: remember, the longer you live, the sooner you die

Oh and have a merry Christmas!

Derryn Hinch — Senator

Derryn Hinch

Senator

In this, my last Senate diary jottings for 2016, I must keep one figure in mind. That number is 6,039,000. That’s the most recent statistic for the population of the state of Victoria. The state I represent in Canberra.

It’s a timely reminder that although nearly a quarter of a million Victorians gave me their primary Senate vote, millions didn’t.

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9 thoughts on “Hinch’s Senate Diary: remember, the longer you live, the sooner you die

  1. The Curmudgeon

    If Hinch is right, the ease with which Dastyari will return to the Labor front bench says much about what is wrong with the ALP.

    1. Bob's Uncle

      Not to play the moral equivalence game.. (OK maybe just a bit), but what did Dasher exactly do to deserve any longer-term punishment than time served?

      I recall he accepted a legal donation of about $1500 which was only ever queried because it was disclosed in accordance with parliamentary rules. It was nonetheless a bit whiffy and he suffered pretty severe reputational damage as a result. Off the top of my head, this compares to:

      * donations in the $100’s of thousands received from the SAME DONOR by government ministers including our Foreign Minister, and significant Chinese donations recieved by Andrew Robb while he was negotiating the Aust-Chinese FTA.
      * failure by Gov mininsters to disclose significant personal gifts (such as Rolex watches) until prompted.
      * Abbott still refusing to disclose substantial personal donations by way of a previosuly non-existent “scholarship” to his daughter from a privately-owned insitute that was lobbying for increased Gov funding (and which in fact received increases due to changes to VET funding);
      * The same ex-PM claiming public funding for significant personal travel expenses (ie book tours) – still not repaid.
      * An Attorney General who is not only effectively admitted to misleading the Senate (while refusing to correct the record), but who is under serious suspicion of doing political deals to deprive the Cth Gov of hundreds of millions of dollars of tax revenue.
      * a Cabinet Secretary who only escaped corruption findings by arguing he was too incompetent to realise illegal donations were being made by the company he Chaired to the fundraising body he also Chaired.

      Those are just a couple of examples that spring to mind. Again, Dasher may not be perfect, but if he somehow vindicates your negative view of Labor, how the heck must you feel about the Coalition?

      1. SQuinny1

        True enough. Although I’m sure he’s got some nice bookshelves too, Sammy D is not even close to Georgy B’s atmosphere.

  2. Petra Raptor

    Derryn,
    You are doing pretty well, but I dare say that some are looking to ensnare you in compromising political manoeuvres to neutralise you.

  3. bushby jane

    I reckon that he is already ensnared.

    1. SQuinny1

      Yep. Hard to see how anyone that made a career out of pursuing the legal trickery of paedophile-protecting institutions could vote for the rule-of-law subordinating ABCC legislation. All paedophiles need now do is register as construction companies…

  4. AR

    Go home, consider the notion of rebirth and doing better, make amends for past gross behaviour and do the honourable thing. Resign.

    1. Itsarort

      Seppuku is also an honourable option for atonement.

    2. klewso

      Why does Crikey continue to carry this political PR/advertising? He can’t afford the adverting the majors indulge in?

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