Mar 1, 2018

Hinch’s Senate Diary: call someone else, I’m on the phone to justice

Amongst the shrewd and the slippery on Capital Hill, Senator Derryn Hinch pledges to stick to his knitting.

Derryn Hinch — Senator

Derryn Hinch


Brand new National Party chief honcho and Deputy Prime Minister, MickMack’s story of humble beginnings — “I am from Marrar. It is a little village of 368 people” — wasn’t the only “log cabin to White House” example we’ve witnessed in Canberra in recent days.

I was genuinely surprised to discover last week that Acting Prime Minister, Mathias Cormann, could not speak English until he was 23 when he came to Australia from Belgium to follow a backpacking girlfriend on holidays. I know that’s an opening for smartarse comments that “Down Under’s version of Arnie still doesn’t speak English” but it is pretty impressive that the Finance Minister and Government Leader in the Senate has come so far.

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6 thoughts on “Hinch’s Senate Diary: call someone else, I’m on the phone to justice

  1. The Curmudgeon

    It’s not just that Quaedvlieg is paid that amount for “doing nothing”; it’s an outrageous salary even if he’s doing something. I still struggle with the notion of public servants getting paid more than their ministers (quality of said ministers not relevant to this matter of principle).

    1. zut alors

      Quaedvlieg is cheap labour compared to the former CEO of Oz Post, Ahmed Fahour, on $5.6M. Although it’s not cheap when he’s missing in action.

  2. York City

    Mr. Pezzullo farts in the good Senator’s face. And you go back to your knitting !?? Your productivity is hardly better than Quaedvlieg’s.

  3. AR

    Can anyone get the H/H to say “I will not resign” three times? Pleeeez.
    BTW, I think Pezzulo’s “compensation” is around $600K.

  4. Jimbo from Logan

    So the last few weeks have given us “Doing a Barnaby” and “Going full Michaelia”.

  5. lexton brooks

    How can anyone take this country seriously, we have Back Flip Turnbull, Barnaby, enough said, Joyce, the budgie smuggler slicing and carving at will, and now Alexander ,fish nets, Downer, about to take down Trump single handedly, REALLY.
    And we do this under a Pommy Flag with stars stuck on it. (cmon N Z lead the way with your feather, Canada did.

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