While most voters have been relaxing on golden sand, determinedly avoiding screens which might divulge news beyond tomorrow’s surf conditions, the politicians in Canberra have been awfully busy.
So for those who’ve only had eyes for Australia’s thrashing of the West Indies over the past 10 days, allow me to bring you up to speed on some of what our elected representatives have been up to.
The Prime Minister said goodbye to 2015 by accepting the resignation of MP Jamie Briggs from his position in the ministry. Mr Briggs’ resignation followed an incident at a Hong Kong bar involving a 20-something female public servant, where he was apparently highly intoxicated and behaved with excessive, unwanted affection. She made a formal complaint after her personal space was invaded by the Minister and his Chief of Staff failed to intervene, despite her requests.
Mutterings in Canberra were that the Prime Minister had held Briggs to an unnecessarily high standard of behaviour. (Because apparently the bar for appropriate conduct while representing Australia abroad should be just low enough to trip over). And after Briggs gallantly refused to name the public servant, a photo of her – taken on Mr Briggs’ phone – mysteriously made its way onto the front page of a national newspaper.
Yesterday, News Limited journalist Samantha Maiden took aim and fired off a ripper of an op ed directed at Briggs and his supporters. She called out Briggs’ behaviour for what it was – stupid and unbecoming – and for her efforts, she won a text message from another Government Minister, Peter Dutton, calling Maiden a ‘mad f*cking witch‘.