The week that was

May 27, 1992

By Kevin Healy

The "Truth Speaks Louder Than" award of the week must go to NSW Supremo Nick Grinner, who stood in the witness box Thursday and described his former minister Terry Methatsall as dishonourable, untrustworthy etc etc, and then said he was ideal material for a senior position in his department.

Now, to interrupt the serious political discussion: What's the difference between a premier and a Rottweiler? A Rottweiler gets an occasional laugh. Why is a Rottweiler more fortunate than a premier? It can't talk.

The top 200 came out this week and indicated that I should be very rich. The media obviously is where it's at: the top two being our old mates Lord Kerry of Waterhouse and Lord Rupert of Wopping.

But Lord Kerry was distressed this week at the political, temporary or otherwise, demise of his former very very close, very very special friend, Senator Graeme Partyhackson. Poor old Hacko — to whom, I'm sure, readers have sent loads and loads of sympathy notes — was sorting out this pay TV issue, and the big issue really was how much of it his very very close, very very special friend Lord Kerry would control. Well, control may be the wrong word, because Lord Kerry doesn't want to control anything, as he told the high-powered parliamentary inquiry into the print media.

And we must admire the quality and depth of such friendships. Asked what he thought of the events which brought down his very very close, very very special friend, Lord Kerry gave a moving tribute. "Graeme who?", he said.

But life goes on. As poor old Hacko goes out the back door, there knocking on the front door is Jeanette McMee, declaring herself ideal ministerial material — and, as we all know, a genuine true blue socialist. The nation will long remember McMee's scintillating cross-examination of Lord Kerry at that print media inquiry. Didn't she make a fool of him!

A couple of matters arising out of a meat union picket line, where those dreadful unionists who run this country were picketing and booing and hissing and generally stopping responsible companies which only want to make this society work by employing scabs. Two matters hit court after dreadful noisy picketers were arrested, and — would you believe — the defence won the cases and the prosecution, the crown — you and me — were hit with the costs.

Isn't it good to know we're financing responsible companies and legal firms and others who are fighting for freedom and justice and democracy and the right to scab?

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