Opinion

STRANGE POLITICS: Turnbull nips out; the wheels fall off

PARLIAMENT stormed, a police probe into MPs spying on each other and even a healthy smattering of Elvis the Pelvis. This week in politics had the lot, with extra gravy.

While Malcolm Turnbull was at the Paris climate talks copping flak from island governments too slack to bulk-buy snorkels, the wheels back home had fallen off and rolled down the street.

The Australian Federal Police has launched an investigation into claims Special Minister of State Mal Brough had told a staffer to copy then-speaker Peter Slipper's diary in 2012.

There was even footage that, to the untrained eye, looked suspiciously like Brough admitting to doing just that.

Brough wrote off the seemingly damning 60 Minutes interview on Tuesday, saying "what was put to air was not the full question". He qualified the comment the next day (somewhat disjointedly) and declared his "recollection of the interview was that the question was put to me in a somewhat disjointed manner".

But then 60 Minutes released the unedited footage which showed all that had been edited out of the "Did you ask James Ashby to procure copies of Peter Slipper's diary for you?" question were some ums, ahs, and tongue-fumbles that did not really affect its meaning.

To which Brough replied, "Yes I did".

Keep in mind this was all over $954 in Cabcharge vouchers Slipper fraudulently used to visit wineries in Canberra.

Since then, Bronwyn Bishop had to repay the $5000 she used to take a chopper ride to a fundraiser. And now the other Bishop, Julie, is accused of spending $30,000 to get an empty private jet from Canberra to pick up her partner and her from a charity dinner in Perth and fly them back to the capital.

There are calls for Brough to face an extra charge of misleading parliament, but we will have to wait to see how that one pans out.

Parliament's usually stuffy dress code was thrown into disarray on Wednesday as a mob of more than 100 environmental types forced their way inside.

Those pesky Greens got in on the show, with blokes like Richard Di Natale photographed sitting cross-legged on the tiles (imagine that!) alongside this uncouth rabble.

Police dragged some of the climate change crusaders outside and presumably treated them to a vigorous delousing on the Parliament House lawn. But none of that compared with our former Prime Minister's garbled rendition of Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds.

Some mean-spirited bully secretly recorded the audio of Tony Abbott singing The King's 1969 classic at the Nationals' Christmas party on Tuesday night. The weakling did not even have the guts to catch the performance on video.

Abbott apparently sang the song twice to tell his Coalition partners: "We can't go on together... with suspicious minds".

But I really should not be too harsh.

Somewhere a video exists of me locked in an energetic pub rendition of John Williamson's Old Man Emu, in full thigh-slapping glory.

Let's hope that never sees light of day.

Strange Politics is a satirical column. Follow Chris Calcino on Twitter: @ChrisCalcino

Topics:  malcolm turnbull opinion strange politics



PHOTO GALLERY: Lego Brick Event, Lismore City Hall

Shaun Patrick (centre) shows patrons the Minecraft Lego display at the Lismore City Hall on Saturday.

Did we snap you at the Lego display on Saturday?

WIN a fishing trip, $5000 BCF voucher and get free stuff

Want to catch one of these big fellas!? Get your name into our competition to win the ultimate fishing holiday!

WERE running a stack of reely incredible giveaways!

Fresh calls for better broadband in regional Australia

SELF-DIAGNOSIS: More people are turning to the internet to google and diagnose their symptoms.

Medical association: 'The Government must take action'

Local Partners

Fresh calls for better broadband in regional Australia

'THE Government must take action to ensure that all Australians have access to reliable, high speed broadband': Medical association.


Celebrate our native Aussies on January 26

Davidsons plums are one of the foods native to our region. Made into a dipping sauce or marinade, they're perfect for an Australia Day barbecue. PHOTO: KATE O'NEILL

Spice up your Australia Day celebration with some local bush tucker

What's fresh at your local farmers' market

Chillies should be available at your local farmers' market. PHOTO: KATE O'NEILL

Chillies, figs, finger limes, eggplants are ripe for the eating

'More sick people will be jailed': Confusion over medical cannabis

There is ongoing confusion about the legalities surrounding medical cannabis.

Is it legal? Where can you get it? What are your rights?

Jennifer Aniston wants to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is desperate to make a return to TV

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Lisa Marie Woodham will be giving readings in Gladstone until Saturday January 21.

Shopping isn't fun if you can see dead people

Agents desperate for stock as homebuyers circle region

Coorabell houses had a whopping median sale price of $1.4 million.

Lower price ranges stand out as Coffs property best sellers

7 quirky Airbnb homes on the Northern Rivers

Broken Head Bodhi Treehouse

Stay in a shipping container or treehouse for your next holiday

Controversial Iron Gates development renamed

Raine and Horne

Peaceful, pristine and perfect is the new motto for Iron Gates

'That’s the nature of commercial reality': Lismore council

GAME CHANGER: The $13 million proposal by Quest proposal is for a three-storey complex featuring 41 serviced apartments, 53 on-site carparks, 24-hour on-site management, a gymnasium and modern guest facilities.

"It's a shame the development is no longer on the table"

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!