One popular pastime during the Senate’s budget estimates is making short video clips of interesting, revealing or bizarre moments and presenting them with little contextual explanation. We’ve compiled some of our favourites from the first week, mostly from ABC and BuzzFeed reporters.
‘Policy capability has eroded — an observation a lot of honest senior executives would make…’ Department of Agriculture and Water Resources secretary Daryl Quinlivan said senior executives were concerned about a capability deficit in terms of policy:
I think what the Secretary of the Department of Ag was saying is that they are underdone on policy advice capability since Barnaby Joyce caused so many good people to leave the Department #SenateEstimates #Estimates #auspol pic.twitter.com/Jie2gJStj9
— Joel Fitzgibbon (@fitzhunter) May 23, 2018
‘You should take your disappointment and leave the room as quickly as you can…’ Executives of the publicly owned Western Sydney Airport company turned up for their scheduled hearing, but there were no senators around to ask them any questions. “That’s just how the cookie crumbles,” said government senator Barry O’Sullivan. The WSA team assured him they were disappointed, even “devastated” at missing out on their interrogation.
All over in 23s. Worth watching to the end to hear ALP senator Malarndirri McCarthy admit “that was terrible” the senators didn’t show up in time to quiz the witnesses that had come from Sydney for #estimates pic.twitter.com/Fuv3kKv92b
— Brett Worthington (@BWorthington_) May 22, 2018
‘I wasn’t referring to people at all — if I said it…’ The head of Parliament House security can’t recall if he threatened to put a broom through the whole division, as reported, but he might have.
— BuzzFeedOz Politics (@BuzzFeedOzPol) May 21, 2018
‘I reckon that’s bulls**t…’ Elsewhere in the Agriculture portfolio, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority chief executive Chris Parker demonstrated a robust approach to stakeholder management, rubbishing figures from agevt chemical industry lobbyists who have ramped up their demands for reform amid some upheaval caused by the agency’s relocation to Armidale.
— Brett Worthington (@BWorthington_) May 23, 2018
‘I promise you, if you catch me in the ladies’ change rooms…’ Senator O’Sullivan investigates the “serious question” of whether male staff at DAWR could tell HR they identify as female and then hang out in the ladies’ room at lunchtime. Why they would, we’re not sure.
— BuzzFeedOz Politics (@BuzzFeedOzPol) May 24, 2018
‘Did you just call him, ‘mate?’ — the Minister for Finance was shocked — shocked — to hear Senator Wong address the electoral commissioner using such an un-parliamentary term.
.@SenatorWong was asked to withdraw calling the AEC boss “mate”.
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) May 24, 2018
‘We don’t know what, if anything, will be referred to our office…’ The opposition is making much of the fact that the Director of Public Prosecutions confirmed her funding for the Serious Financial Crime Taskforce was yet to be renewed. There’s still time, isn’t there?
Extraordinary. The Commonwealth Director of Prosecutions reveals her funding for prosecuting serious financial crime runs out in 12 mths. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION! #estimates pic.twitter.com/nX79aRG5OP
— Senator Murray Watt (@MurrayWatt) May 24, 2018
‘When you walk into my local everyone should be equal…’ Did the PM get told off for pushing in line at a pub? Mathias Cormann reminds Labor’s trivia night champion Kimberley Kitching that hearing both sides of the story is essential to natural justice and procedural fairness.
— Alice Workman (@workmanalice) May 22, 2018