Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Leader Goes from Top Cheese to Feather Duster

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Leader Goes from Top Cheese to Feather Duster

Article excerpt

I ENDED last week's column with the Stop Press declaration, 'Politics, now that's a brutal business'. I just wonder if Ian Macfarlane agrees with me........

I wrote and lodged my stuff with the paper on the Monday just before the shenanigans began.

The column originally finished with a one-liner praising Tony Abbott's agreement to taking 12,000 extra refugees.

I came over all silly as the evening progressed.

At one point I even convinced myself that this praise from an elderly ex-academic, known to be red and blue with green stripes when it comes to political parties, must have been leaked to the Turnbull camp. It convinced him it was time to act decisively......

That was my self-deluding fantasy.

The truth is I was riveted to the front of the tellie all evening, gob-smacked by the unfolding events.

Sometime before midnight, I thought it would be best if I re-wrote the last line just in case anyone cared...... What an evening it was.

Normally on a Monday evening it's a nice scotch with my wife, a fiddle between free-to-air and Austar, a dose of Antiques Roadshow, eating food balanced on our laps, having a squint at the news and the 7.30 report, making my wife a cup of coffee, starting to yawn a bit, thinking about printing the Times Cryptic, yawning pointedly, suggesting an early night after a busy day.....you know the kind of things you do.

This was not a normal evening. It was just about the most absorbing TV-watching night for many a long year.

Julie gave the crunch news to her erstwhile leader, "You're in big doodies Tone old sport" she said, or words to that effect.

"Mal's got you done like a dinner and I'm here to tell you".

Tony listened, I assume, and soon had to join the troops for the big count. Mal wins, not overwhelmingly but certainly by an (un)healthy margin.

Australia has a new PM and Julie dramatically gets a hug from her new leader. …

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