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Dec 7, 2017

‘Do your research, maggot’ … Foxtel merger done deal … insert headline here …

Labor MP Brian Mitchell has called ABC journalist Matt Wordsworth a maggot as he was trying to interview former dual citizen Justine Keay outside Parliament

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

‘Go and do your research, maggot’. Labor MP Brian Mitchell has called ABC journalist Matt Wordsworth a maggot as he was trying to interview former dual citizen Justine Keay outside Parliament. Wordsworth’s ABC colleague Dan Connifer filmed the encounter, and wrote for the ABC that the MPs had been attending a barbecue at Parliament House yesterday, when Mitchell tried to block reporters from questioning Keay about the steps she took to renounce her UK citizenship.

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3 thoughts on “‘Do your research, maggot’ … Foxtel merger done deal … insert headline here …

  1. klewso

    Why do politicians waste money on lawyers, who not only know a thing or two about the Constitution, but can understand basic English : when they can see a “journo” for free to find out whatever they need to know, as well as being able to whip up an obfuscation thick-shake like no one else?

    1. klewso

      When their Coalition was going through their embarrassment you’d have thought there’d been a death in the Sales, Alberici, Lipson, Probyn Wordsworth family – but now they have a spring in their step with a chance to “get back at Labor”?
      When it comes to “take all reasonable steps” they seem to see some sort of “comparison” between the likes of Galligher and Keay who apparently “took all reasonable steps” to divest themselves of their citizenship impediments weeks before nominations closed (Probyn – Monday night’s ABC news) : and the likes of the “Born to Entitled Rule” in Jethro, Nash and Alexander – who “took no steps”; while Roberts took steps to send his application to “The British Foreign Office c/- Sesame St”?
      That somehow “take all reasonable steps” means taking responsibility for that foreign office to respond in time before taking up a seat?
      From a Constitution drafted when mail went and returned by sea, to The Motherland and beyond – taking weeks?

  2. AR

    Wotta surprise that the sense of entitlement and affronted lese majeste is bi-partisan!
    Clearly Mitchell hasn’t missed many dinners, probably subsidised, since being ensconced in the Hole on the Hill.
    If only that new security fence could prevent them escaping and annoying the tax payers.