Fire and de­nial

The Australian - - INQUIRER - JAMES JEF­FREY

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.

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