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How good are Canberra hailstorms?

21 January 2020

10:36 AM

21 January 2020

10:36 AM

Forget the weird weather. What about this week’s weird politics?

Yesterday morning, the Prime Minister did an “I’m in charge” media blitz. AM. Today. Sunrise. 3AW. 2GB.

Alas, the results were about as reassuring as one of those “Never fear, Smith is here” moments from Lost in Space.

Scott Morrison told Neil Mitchell that he’d leave the politics to others — odd for a PM — and put the boot into New South Wales minister Matt Kean on AM. Putting the boot into Kean is understandable. He is, after all, one of those repulsively smug NSW moderates who combine the sleaze of Tammany Hall with the high-society gloss of Justin Hemmes’ latest bar. But the Prime Minister’s rage was, well, un-prime ministerial: “Matt Kean doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He doesn’t know what’s going on in the federal cabinet. Most of the federal cabinet wouldn’t even know who Matt Kean was.”


Unfortunately, after he got sprung sexting a colleague a few years back, virtually every politician in Australia must know of Matt Kean and have thought “There but for the grace of God go I”, but we digress.

Instead of “I’m in charge”, the key take from the PM’s workout was “The Liberal Party is divided”.

And so the story went — until the Treasurer got up and said he could no longer guarantee the surplus. The very same surplus than up to now has been one of the most powerful weapons in the Coalition’s armoury, crucial for economic attack and defence.

Fortunately, the hailstorm then struck the national capital. Press Gallery members have undercover parking, but all had to rush off home to see if their dope plants were ok.

The full story of the government’s disastrous day wasn’t told.

How good are Canberra hailstorms?

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