Firstly, we are supposed to believe that the Qatari government have launched a three-year sting operation employing spies to influence the elections in Australia and, in order to exert influence over our government, they sought out James Ashby.
Sorry James, but that’s narcissism on steroids. As if the Qatari government has ever heard of you and as if One Nation will ever have any actual influence over government in this country. You can’t keep a Senator long enough for them to even get letterhead printed at the exorbitant rates you charge for your monopoly on One Nation printing business.
Next, we are asked to ignore what Ashby and Dickson said on the film because it was just boy talk at the bar and they are entitled to get pissed when on ‘study tours’ to foreign countries – just ask Jamie Briggs.
When asked who funded the trip, Ashby mumbled something which didn’t sound like ‘me’ but was quick to point out he took leave, and Dickson told us he actually cashed in $1,000 of his own money and only got US$760, no doubt to settle the bar tab.
The only thing Dickson is apologising for is for saying fuck and testicles. ‘Sorry to you little ladies, I grew up on the land.’
We are also expected to believe that the reason Pauline wasn’t standing there also facing the music was because she is unwell.
Here’s a tip Pauline. You are not going to feel better when you continually, seemingly habitually, surround yourself with idiot men in whom you place your complete trust and offer your unwavering support – until you have to admit that you didn’t really know them and that they have taken advantage of your supposed ‘popularity’.
That story is getting old Pauline. You say you were “appalled” by Fraser Anning’s comments, adding that his first speech was “straight from Goebbels’ handbook from Nazi Germany”, yet he was only there because you chose him to be on your ticket.
Aside from, or perhaps evidenced by, the racism, climate change denial, gun advocacy, anti-vaxx attitude, and eager embracing of conspiracy theories, these people are gobsmackingly dumb.
If you can be so naïve as to say the things you said to a stranger who approached you pretending to be a gun lobbyist, you shouldn’t be anywhere near the halls of power in this country.
Nice try on the deflection guys but no-one, other than Sky After Dark, is buying it.
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