INSIGHT SHOULD FEDERAL MINISTERS COMPLAIN ABOUT COLLEAGUES LEAKING? OR JUST MOVE ON?
They clearly don’t understand what the process is. As political journalists in Canberra, we are here to receive leaks from ministers. We do that happily, we report them in the paper and our editors are extremely happy. Now they think this is a bad thing? I can’t imagine where the downside is. They should get over it, move on and accept the fact that as long as there has been politics, there has been leaking and it is going to happen.
You’re right. Politics is a dirty game, and leaks make the political world turn. Someone complaining about leaks will lead to someone leaking a leak about why they are complaining about leaks.
That happened this week. I don’t think it helps to bring attention to yourself yourself, it just makes it look like you have something to hide. It’s done for strategic reasons often, but that is just the way it goes, and it’s simply not a good look to be complaining about it.
I think it’s absolutely hilarious that any federal minister would complain about a colleague leaking, when this is standard practice. This is nothing new, everyone does it and I think the difference is when it is a good leak, which affects them positively, then they keep mum, but when it goes the opposite way, that’s when they start kicking up a fuss and in politics, as in life, you can’t have it both ways.