As Labor’s leader in the Senate I don’t often get invited onto FM radio stations first thing in the morning. Especially not to talk about the arcane business of Senate estimates hearings.
But that’s what happened this week after the spectacle of Liberal Senators using the committee hearings to bully the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Tony Abbott reckons the furore over his treatment of Professor Gillian Triggs is a mere “Canberra insiders” story. His Senate bovver-boys – who spent the hearings uttering gems like “I thought you might like to hear a man’s voice” and trying to expel me and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young from the room – seemed proud of their day’s work.
A Canberra insider’s story of no interest to ordinary Australians?
Tell that to Nova FM’s Meshel Laurie.
Here’s how she saw it: “Ordinarily we don’t hear enough of this stuff in our news, in our lives as we go about our business – plenty of stories about dogs that can surf, not enough about what is going on in our government.”