It’s been called ‘awkward’.
The opposition called it ‘unhinged’.
The ABC called it a ‘slanging match’ and a ‘shirtfront’.
And the Prime Minister questioned the South Australian Premier’s “state of mind”.
But this was no brain explosion. All Jay Weatherill delivered to Josh Frydenberg yesterday was the most EPIC dad tone this fair nation has seen.
After yesterday's press conference to launch a 'virtual power plant', the Federal Energy Minister found himself conducting a joint press conference with the Premier and South Australia's Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis, and another, random man who watched the proceedings like the other child in the family. ie: with the largest sh*t-eating grin you've ever seen.
Part way through hearing about how outstanding the Government are at securing the future of energy for the nation, dad had heard enough:
He calmly sets up what is about to happen in the family household.
— Stephen Dziedzic (@stephendziedzic) March 16, 2017
And you can see, moment by moment, the ultimate dad brain unfold:
The 'you bloody what' moment:
And then the ultimate dad tone delivery: dead calm, with a straight face and an even tone, telling Frydenberg that his behaviour was "disgraceful".
The father of two said it was "galling" to be standing beside Frydenberg after he and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had spent the past six months "bagging South Australia at every step of the way".
Anyone who has been on the end of the dad tone knows; it hurts. It's savage. "I'm not angry, I'm just disappointed" they say and it's worse than a punch in the face because you know you've bloody done it now.
And thus we witnessed a portrait of the ultimate family meeting: put-upon mum, delighted sibling, and the rotten egg getting the "I'm so disappointed in you" talk.
Frydenberg later described Weatherill's actions as "unbecoming, childish and unacceptable."
Which is seriously hilarious given the current President of the United States is Donald Trump.
Anyone else wishing @JayWeatherill had been on the end of the phone when Trump rang?
— Craig Wallace (@CraigWtweets) March 16, 2017
Jay Weatherill couldn't have been further from childish. The father of two just showed he was the ultimate dad.
So Josh, don't piss Dad off anymore.