At least it was better than the last two yearsPosted by On

Unlike the good burghers of Kooyong and North Sydney, your humble columnists didn’t have the luxury of escaping ScoMo, as he hung around on the backbench like a smirking bad smell.

The multiple ministries scandal further bloodied his legacy, angering even some of his most devoted prayer pals. Not that Stuart Robert noticed, he was too busy writing weird books about Jesus.

John Shakespeare’s cartoon for the Scott Morrison multiple ministries scandal.

John Shakespeare’s cartoon for the Scott Morrison multiple ministries scandal.Credit:John Shakespeare

The former PM decided to rebrand as a “virtuous globalisation mastermind” and jet to the United States, where a few stragglers from the Trump administration are determined to soothe his battered ego.

Meanwhile, the Lodge is now occupied by Anthony Albanese, whose “normal blokedom” doesn’t seem as much an act of highly focus-grouped cosplay as his predecessor. After celebrating his victory in the humble confines of Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL, Albo got to work promising a “different” politics.

Which for our purposes looked a bit like sucking the boozy, schmoozy fun out of the Canberra bubble. Probably for the best.

Ministers made a hasty exit from the first Midwinter Ball of the COVID era, where the prime minister’s office fought to keep Albo’s (pretty boring) speech under wraps.

The annual end of year drinks were cut short, and in a year of two budgets, Labor’s October turn lacked the celebrity sparkle of Frydenberg’s last dance.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong and Defence Minister Richard Marles went to a meeting with Lachlan Murdoch.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong and Defence…

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