Talking to George Christensen about his travel saga was like trying to cross a semantic minefield.

When I queried his characterisation of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) inquiries into his frequent trips to Southeast Asia as being “quickly” concluded, given former AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin said “this matter went for the better part of over 12 months”, Christensen pulled me up, saying: “the matter went for over 12 months. How long did the evaluation go for?”

So let’s define a few key pieces of jargon. An evaluation is a specific type of AFP procedure. A referral triggers an evaluation which, depending on a number of factors -- including how “politically sensitive” the material is -- may or may not proceed to an official investigation