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Ah, I have an over-active imagination. Or so some claim. For example, right now I imagine that I’m in a coffee shop and that some big wig from the Liberal Party has arranged to see me.

“Don’t tell them I’m from the Liberal Party,” he says. “And whatever you do don’t mention that we went to school together or people will be able to work out who I am.”

“What if I tell them you’re a woman?” I ask.

“How many women were at our school?” he asks.

“There was Matron. And the Nurse. And the Principal’s secretary.”

“Look, you’re a writer – I’m sure that you can make something up!”

Mm, I tell him that I’ll pretend that he’s Bill Shorten, but he thinks that it’s highly unlikely that Bill Shorten would know this much about anything, much less the Liberal Party agenda.

“Just pretend that I’m a low level public servant who was typing up the minutes of a meeting.”

“Are there any public servants left?”

He sighs and says he’d rather begin before anyone recognises him. I want to tell him that in this part of the world, people are more likely to recognise me, but before I have chance to boast, he’s away.

“I’ve tried to be a good servant to the Liberal Party.” (This still fits with the Bill Shorten cover story, I think.) “However, some of the things I’ve been hearing are starting to really concern me.”

(A Liberal with a conscience, it’s going to be hard to make that convincing.)

“Such as?”

He hesitates. “Can I trust you?”

“Of course,” I tell him. “I never reveal secrets unless I get drunk and then nobody believes anything I say anyway. Did I ever tell you about Bob Ellis and 1999 Victorian State Election…”

“Shut up and listen!” (Now he sounds like a Liberal…)

He continues: “Ok, Abbott is planning to avoid the Senate altogether. The fuel excise was just a test. Next it’ll be the Medicare Co-Payment, followed by various other blocked Budget measures.”

I don’t know how to break it to him that this isn’t actually news to most of us. I try a different approach.

“But surely, this is … er, unconstitutional? Surely, there must be ways to stop him.”

“There are. But they’ll involve lengthy court cases, I mean just look at that boat from India that disappeared from the media while the courts work out whether we can just grab people from international waters and send them to another country. And while the court cases are going on, they’ll create a sense of emergency about the various forces who are opposing them and use some of the anti-terrorist laws to close down the discussion.”

I sip my latte and smile, before asking: “What’s next? Privatising the Australian Federal Police? Shutting down the Internet? Asking us all to sign an oath of allegiance?”

“I know it sounds like a left wing conspiracy theory, but trust me, things are happening that you wouldn’t believe.”

“Ok, so why tell me? Why not go to the mainstream media?”

“Two reasons. First, I don’t know who to trust and I’m afraid, and secondly, nobody’ll take you seriously at first, but once things start to happen, they might actually realise that you were telling the absolute truth.”

At this point, I realise that my imagination should have given me something stronger than a latte. I clearly need a chardonnay to complete this. Strangely, the waiter brings me one without asking and tells me that it’s on the house because that’s the way life works when you’re indulging yourself with fantasy.

I sip the chardonnay, but the claims still seem a little silly: “So, they start to by-pass the Senate and things get tied up in the courts. But ultimately, the Senate will have to agree to pass the legislation or it won’t be legal.”

“Ah, the Senate. The states house! Didn’t Mr Abbott talk about how Queensland had rid itself of the upper house at the G20?” He smiles.

“What’s so funny?” I ask.

“I guess this is why he has a group of people working on how we’ll be able to abolish the states. Then there’s no reason to have a Senate!”

“You’re making that up.”

“No,” he replies, “you are. And you’re making me up. Why not say, I was a Murdoch journalist who’d been asked to write an opinion piece on the duplication and waste of having both states and a federal government, and that I was terribly troubled by what I was privy to?”

“Gee, a Liberal Party member with a conscience was bad enough, but I don’t see any way to make a Murdoch journalist with one plausible…”

“Look,” he says, “why not just suggest that they’re going to create a committee of audit – or something – to look at ways of reducing the duplication and red tape between the Commonwealth and States?”

“But haven’t they already said that? And aren’t the States part of the Commonwealth?”

My chardonnay has turned into a cognac. “Bond,” I say, “James Bond.”

He looks at me like I’m an idiot . Which is harsh, considering I have completely made him up!!!! But that’s what happens when you drink cognac at this time of the morning. Then, he sighs.

“Ok, I know it sounds far-fetched, but as you pointed out in your blog from last year https://theaimn.com/the-cassandra-effect-abbott-and-boiling-a-frog-dr-who/ what seems far-fetched one day, is perfectly believable a few months later.”

Mm, I wonder the fact that he talks in hyperlinks makes him a less believable character. And then I wonder if it’d be even plausible that any Liberal would ever read my blog without calling me an idiotLaborsupporterwhojustreliesonabuse,andanywayJuliaGillardlied

And I wonder anybody’ll actually come back to re-read this after they attempt to by-pass the Senate for the second (and third time) time, the Murdoch press starts to talk about why we don’t need start state governments and it all just sounds that much more plausible.

P.S. How do hide a tree?

Yep, in a forest…

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  1. John Fraser

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    I'm interested in meeting your Liberal friend Rossleigh.

    Could you get him to meet me here :

    `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
    Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
    All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

  2. mars08

    …All mimsy were the borogoves,
    And the mome raths outgrabe.

    Sooo… Jacqui Lambie’s office then?

  3. Annie B

    Absolutely love your article. One of the best ( of many ) .. Rossleigh.

    If we don’t get a good look at the picture from this one – then we are all in the wrong court.

    Well said – well done ………. and let’s hope there is something in the very near future that will well and truly get this rabid mob OUT.

  4. stephentardrew

    Mars8:

    There you are at it again more insider information.

    What the hell are we going to do with you.

    You leak like a bloody sieve.

    As for you Rossleigh stop screwing with my head.

    I think I bloody well know this bloke.

    Something to do with mirrors.

  5. corvus boreus

    The ‘honorable’ C(I mean G) Pyne MP is currently circulating a petition through ‘change’ protesting to the ABC about reductions in programming services.
    There are currently over 1500 signatories, with all the comments attatched being caustic analysis/abusive venting at what a devious and demented creature he is.
    Pyne.
    Powdered nostrils under a wig wove of pubic hair.

  6. Sad sack

    Last year, under murdoch, to publish a truth, editors and journalists risked their job. Now, under the law, being told a truth, risks their freedom.

  7. Roswell

    Well said, Sad sack.

  8. townsvilleblog

    In other words one more piece of bastardy won’t be noticed among the pack of lies already exposed, why can’t the “free” press be limited to the same law that the ABC has to follow, that is of having to tell the truth at all times.

  9. nettythe1st

    I was shocked to hear Regulations had been used to circumvent the Senate to get the Petrol levy through. When I mentioned to my local ALP MP how angry I was over these tactics, the look on her face said a thousand words.

  10. mars08

    nettythe1st:

    …When I mentioned to my local ALP MP how angry I was over these tactics, the look on her face said a thousand words.

    I’m guessing at least 75% of those words were um, gaa, duh, er and ah

  11. Anomander

    The very best fiction is indistinguishable from the truth. The only small give away was the fact everyone know the Libs have no conscience.

  12. Mic the Heretic

    What’s a “conscience”?

  13. Annie B

    “What’s a “conscience”?”

    Er – um – arr – something the current government does NOT have ? …

    That’s all I can come up with !!!!!!! … Sorry …

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