The return of gifts has $5,000 from Red Hill’s Chris Fry going to Labor.
How nice for them.
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Red Hill, huh? “Chris from Waramanga” is coming up in the world:
“When Peter Costello gets that Cheshire grin, you know he’s got a bit of dirt. He told of a talk-back radio programme which was taking calls on the new tax system for Sue McKlusky, a senior Tax Department official.
UNIDENTIFIED: We have Chris from Waramanga. Good morning, Chris.
CHRIS: Oh, just a couple of questions on insurance for your people, please. Firstly, as I understand it, you don’t get any credit for the first few years for your motor vehicle compulsory insurance if you’re a business. That’s correct, isn’t it?
PHILIP WILLIAMS: And who was Chris from Waramanga? Ask Peter Costello.
PETER COSTELLO: The radio 666 ABC Canberra rang back the number and the answer at the other end of the line was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition.
PHILIP WILLIAMS: Chris Fry [phonetic] works as an adviser on tax in Simon Crean’s office and he does live in Waramanga, so there was only one tiny detail he hadn’t declared in all his enthusiasm. And the Labor Party says he was right, anyway. It’s a dangerous point to score for the government. Can the front bench swear they have no knowledge of Party faithfuls stuck in talk back lines, especially around election time, and could they be sure a call had never come from any of their office phones. It’s standard practice on both sides. A couple of broken windows in someone’s glass house today.”
Is it time to retire the tally room?