Fire and denial
Now and then someone tries to reach the same giddy height as American football player and coach Vince Lombardi’s immortal line: “We didn’t lose the game; we just ran out of time.” Attorney-General George Brandis gave it a shot yesterday: “There is no constitutional crisis, there is no political crisis; there is the unexpected effect of a decision of the High Court.” Health Minister Greg Hunt plumped for a vaguely Old Testament approach: “This parliament will see the cleansing fire of the Constitution work its way through all of the section 44 cases.” That was gentle as a psalm compared with what followed. Journo: “What do you think about former premier Kristina Keneally announcing her run for the seat of Bennelong?” Hunt: “This is Eddie Obeid’s protege. Eddie Obeid was Kristina Keneally’s patron and you’ve got a comparison here. One, Kristina Keneally, fought for Eddie Obeid. The other, John Alexander, fought for Australia on the international courts.” Which does at least make it sound like we’ll get a tennis cenotaph.