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Ya shag just one sheep: Premier Rann's "porky"
I wonder if the punchline to the old joke was going through SA supremo Mike Rann's mind as an irate husband was bashing his head with a rolled-up magazine? "Remember my wife?" the bloke was heard to ask as he gave the Premier half a dozen whacks, before being restrained by other ALP heavywieghts at the $600-a-head Party fundraiser.
The bloke with the magazine, Rick Phillips, had been at a tasting event occurring simultaneously in another part of the Wine Centre. It would appear that as the night rolled on, Phillips developed a taste for more than shiraz, and used the lucky timing to take his revenge.
"Revenge for what?" you ask? The Premier reckoned he'd never seen the bloke before, didn't know what it was all about. Given that (according to Michelle Chanteloiis on national telly last night) Rann had been shagging this bloke's missus on his Parliament House desk, some might find it incredible that Rann could claim to be unaware of the attack's background. If so he couldn't been reading the missives Phillips had been sending him, which included such memorably "vile" phrases as "The fallout from this has devasted my family"
When a connection to the now-ex Parliament House barmaid became publc knowledge, our Premier looked his electors in the eye and said:".."terrific person, great mother, and she becamoe, you know a friend" Michelle explained last night that in one of their friendly encounters "He pushed the furniture aside, and that was where it occured, on the floor of his office." She also confessed to the incident on the Premier's desk top. You can watch the piece here.
Aside: to roam freely through Adelaide's Parliament House in the middle of the night, all you need is a friendly politician with a swipe-card and pin number to show you around.. Been there, done that.. have they updated the "Australian literature" section in the library yet? It was a bit feeble last time I looked.
Michelle's parting comment to Seven's Sunday Night audience was ""I'm taking responisibility for my own bad behaviour, and Mike Rand should be taking responsibility for his own bad behaviour." When you leave a line like that hanging in the air, it's not going to go away for quite a while.
As Rann and his army of journos prepare to extoll both the man's and his government's virtues before he March State election,many are now going to have trouble trusting the words they hear. Defence hubs, a new live music coloseum and new highways; everything they do to try and win at the polling booth is going to be tarnished by the Premier's "porky"
For those who don't know it, I'll give you a short version of the joke. A politician's sitting at a bar consoling himself after losing the election. "No one remembers that I went to law school, became a prosecutor,brought criminals to justice, reduced crime, made the community safer,a place people want to live, raise a family, where they don't have toworry about becoming victims. No one cares!"
It's a popular parable in political circles,humour belying an axiom that apparently hasn't been knocked into Mike Rann's head. Until now, that is..
Rann has been saying he can't discuss the matter as it's before the courts. A charge of aggravated assault was laid on Phillips after the alleged incident. Two weeks later, according to the Advertiser, appropriate papers had not yet been fiiled wwith the courts. Sunday Night claims that he doesn't currently face any charges. An Advertoser story has suggested that if Phillips appeared in the Adelaide Magistrates Court in December he wouldn't be pleading until just before the March election. Given the politically dangerous timing of Phillip's plea hitting the front pages and refreshing Michelle Chantelois' story just before polling day,it would be unlikely that Rann would wish legal proceedings to continue.
A well-informed legally-minded mate has suggesed to me that a major problem is whether or not the rolled-up magazine constitutes an offensive weapon. If it does, I have an interesting story about another senior SA minister I might tell you later.
Michelle herself is about to use a mag for such a purpose. Check out this week's New Idea.
Having already pre-smeared the show by inferring that payment for the interview compromised Michelle's credibility, the statement by the Premier later today should make entertaining reading.
In the meantime, enjoy the collection of transcript excerpts that AdelaideNow has posted