Why so many clowns on the couch?

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It’s sometimes hard to reconcile the notion that the panelists on the ABC’s Insiders program are the creme de la creme of Australian political journalism with the scribes who actually appear on it.

Take as prime examples two of this weekend’s offerings: Phillip Torey – sorry, cheap shot; it won’t happen again – Phillip Coorey and James Murdoch – sorry, James Campbell – who tried their hardest to push their belief (or should that be hope on behalf of their employers?) that Australians are over the sports rorts saga.

Their arguments centred largely on the notion that a bored public has moved on because governments of all persuasions and at all levels engage in such porkbarrelling rorts.

The big elephants in the room that both sneakily skirted around?

Unlike Morrison, other past leaders haven’t quite possibly misled their parliaments over their roles in such rorts. The evidence that Morrison told porkies is growing;

The $100 million plus sports grants program that Bridget McKenzie was scapegoated over was one that clever lawmakers actually framed in a fresh new way that tried to prevent such pork-barreling and rorting; and

More than one of the nation’s top constitutional law experts believes the way that ministerial interventions still took place were criminal acts.

If these two “top” journos now think lying to Parliament is no biggie and should not attract the highest possible penalty, and that the way this particular scheme was rorted was just the way things have always been done, then have the guts to say so.


Any sign of ComCar1 making its way to Yarralumla yet?

After Channel 9’s creampuff piece on the 6pm news last night about the Morrison girls at The Lodge, astute political observers think there’s a strong chance their husband and father Prime Minister Scott “Father of the Nation” Morrison might take time out from his wartime leadership duties to make the short drive to Governor General what’s-his-name-again around mid morning to seek a snap poll.

Jenny spent quite some time painting a picture of her amazing husband working himself selflessly to a stress-filled, sleep-deprived standstill on behalf of all Australians whom he loves dearly.

It had all the hallmarks of a paid Liberal Party advertisement so maybe it warranted an authorisation at the end. “Spoken J. Morrision for the Libe….”

Hold on! Is that the garage doors at The Lodge opening up as you read this?



We at The Bug love highlighting headline writers who go right over the top.

We picture them in newsrooms around the nation at night like troops in the trenches of the western front, tired, with one-thousand-yard stares fixed as they steel themselves to save the world of quality journalism, armed as they are with creative brilliance.

The whistles blow, up the ramparts these brave sub-editors go as blood-curdling screams erupt from their mouths but then, sadly, all their good intentions get blown to bits by efforts such as that above from the Sunday Mail in Brisbane.

Some brave digger in the Campbell Street subs pool had the idea that the word “China” could easily replace “trying to” or, to be more accurate, “try’n’a” even though no such word mix exists.

Still, as we at The Bug often point out, just imagine how awful that heading would have been if the Sunday and Courier-Mails in Brissie were not quality compacts but trashy tabloids instead.


In the same vein today’s edition of The Courier-Mail carried a headline that included a tortured play on the name of freshly fallen Labor deputy leader Jackie Trad (pictured).


While this one is nowhere near as bad as the China effort, we’re pretty sure both examples won’t make it to the shortlist for the next Walkley Awards.


Speaking of Ms Trad, the online Courier-Mail website late yesterday afternoon — many hours after Trad resigned as Deputy Premier and Treasurer — was still carrying a reader poll asking if she should now lose her portfolios (pictured).1tradsack

It was first published on Saturday after Trad announced she was standing aside only for the duration of a corruption probe.

It has now been removed but by late Sunday the results were not looking too flash for Trad or the Palaszczuk Government — more than 7,200 votes with 89% saying yes she should quite her posts, 7% saying no, and 4% undecided.

Not much room there for a late swing back.