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Gazza wants to know where Tony’s Centenary invite has got to

By johnboy 10 March 2013 20

Liberal Senator Gary Humphries has put forth a complain about his leader not getting an invite to the Centenary formalities:

Senator Gary Humphries today expressed his regret that the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, had not been invited to play a role in a ceremony to mark a century since the official naming of Canberra.

The event this Tuesday, at the Foundation Stone on Federation Mall, will include speeches by the Governor-General, the Prime Minister, Minister Simon Crean and ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, but no role for the Leader of the Federal Opposition.

“This event is the culmination of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations, with an appropriate role for Federal political leaders, but to not include the Federal Opposition is a snub,” Senator Humphries said.

A snub we might not have noticed if not for Senator Humphries.

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Holditz 7:13 pm 12 Mar 13

peitab said :

Of course Abbott’s been invited – he just doesn’t have a speaking role.

And he doesn’t look miffed to not have a speaking role. He probably was briefed with his invitation about the ceremony being an re-enactment, so it was proper for him not to speak, and he probably agreed.

peitab 12:00 pm 12 Mar 13

Of course Abbott’s been invited – he just doesn’t have a speaking role.

You’d think, given Humphries’ precarious position, he’d avoid speaking out on stupid stuff like this because it just makes him look petty. Given he generally isn’t stupid, I do wonder if he was ordered to speak out from someone higher up (e.g. Abbott).

Maybe I’m reading too much into this…

Holden Caulfield 11:27 am 12 Mar 13

Pfft, Mr Rabbit is at the official ceremony today and based on the footage I just saw on ABC News 24 he didn’t even sing the national anthem.

Stone him!

mossrocket 9:41 am 12 Mar 13

Tony Abbott attended incognito – I saw him jog around the lake at about 4pm.

Robyn Archer was also incognito – she was disguised as Kim Jong Il and was power-walking between events at about 5pm…

Mr Evil 7:49 am 12 Mar 13

Katy and Julia will be able to swap notes on number fudging and slush funds, without any interference from budgie smugglers.

LSWCHP 10:04 pm 11 Mar 13

So I was perusing the “Recent Comments” panel on the right of the screen, when I saw this comment about Mr Abbott that reads “But Tony’s a complete dick. He would suck the…”. My mind was immediately filled with the wildest imaginings about how that sentence was going to end, combined with thoughts of the lawsuit that must be firing up in Liberal Party HQ.

Imagine my relief when I discovered that all that Mr Abbott was going to suck was the life of the party. Or no…the life out of the party…let’s not get those two confused now. 🙂

pierce 9:20 pm 11 Mar 13

What a load of absolute crap.

Humphries should be well aware that this event is intended to mirror the original event in terms of speakers – GG, PM, then NSW Premier – now ACT CM, and then Minister for Home Affairs – now Simon Crean.

Shamelessly transparent toadying.

DrKoresh 12:57 pm 11 Mar 13

rosscoact said :

But Tony’s a complete dick. He would suck the life out of any party.

End of argument, right there.

bigfeet 11:17 am 11 Mar 13

FioBla said :

It’s OK. He is a cyclist, you know.

Of course. I guess he will just force his way in anyway, regardless of whether he is invited or not. Typical cyclist!

miz 10:36 am 11 Mar 13

This thread is why I love the Riot!

FioBla 9:00 am 11 Mar 13

It’s OK. He is a cyclist, you know.

Deref 8:16 am 11 Mar 13

“Invite” is a verb. The noun you’re looking for is “invitation”.

You’re welcome.

rosscoact 10:12 pm 10 Mar 13

bigfeet said :

He does have a point.

These sort of things are supposed to be bi-partisan. If the PM is invited to a community function the protocol has always been that the Leader of the Opposition is invited.

It should have been pickled up by PM&C who are supposed to oversee these protocol issues.

But Tony’s a complete dick. He would suck the life out of any party.

Masquara 9:52 pm 10 Mar 13

Maybe the First Boyfriend had a hand in this?

Primal 9:33 pm 10 Mar 13

Zed would have said that better.

bigfeet 8:56 pm 10 Mar 13

He does have a point.

These sort of things are supposed to be bi-partisan. If the PM is invited to a community function the protocol has always been that the Leader of the Opposition is invited.

It should have been pickled up by PM&C who are supposed to oversee these protocol issues.

Growling Ferret 7:45 pm 10 Mar 13

Tony declined the invite when Flouro Safety vest was deemed unacceptable attire.

Masquara 6:32 pm 10 Mar 13

Well there’s Tony’s excuse for not moving into the Lodge in September.

Bonzo 6:18 pm 10 Mar 13

Holditz said :

Well, we are a Labor town.

Quite so, and given that Abbott is Howard-lite (species: Howard scriptor vomitum-manducatio gremio canis) we might as well make a pre-emptive strike. The Bat-Shit Crazy Monk will never live here after all. Kirribilli ahoy!!

Holditz 5:19 pm 10 Mar 13

Well, we are a Labor town.

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