Extraordinary scenes in parliament yesterday when Albo was repeatedly interrupted by Pyne and Abbott while he was trying to read out an smh report of how Brough colluded with Ashby in a plot against his employer may prove to be the hinge-moment of this administration and this Opposition, the moment historians will judge to be the one when the Abbott Adventure finally came unstuck.
Slipper will be Speaker again soon; with power to throw out his tormentors for a day at a time and, I imagine, to launch investigations into his recent stalking by Pyne, Abbott, Ashby and Brough, if that is what occurred. He is the second highest official in the land, after the Governor-General, and conspiracy against him, which this is, in wartime, which this is, is probably treason, and Pyne, if guilty of it, which he may be, may have to vacate his seat and go perhaps to gaol for a while. It is unlikely he would be hanged, as he would in, say, 1942, but he may do time if Slipper is in the mood to pursue him.
Which he well may be.
This is what happens when you collude in a lie whose purpose is the smashing of an elected colleague. A lie of this kind is a very serious one. I have heard things about Ashby that may be sub judice and I cannot reveal yet but they are, on the face of it, shocking and they will come to light I imagine soon enough. And they make Pyne’s collaboration with him, if that is what occurred, a political scandal that puts one in mind of, well, Watergate. Thomson, certainly.
Question Time today should be very interesting.