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There are no mates in Parliament House

By johnboy 18 August 2005 19

RiotACT favourite, Hillary Penfold, is back in the news courtesy of ABC Online for banning the use of the word “Mate” by the security personnel at Parliament House.

Apparently the complainant was a senior Public Servant, so not even a resident of the building.

Thanks for playing but the correct response to such attacks on your own staff Hill contains “You and the horse your rose in on”. But it would seem arse-covering and brown-nosing is more important in some parts.

The Short Man is reportedly unimpressed by Hillary’s efforts in this regard, so I think we’ll be hearing a lot of “Mates” for a while.

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el 3:27 pm 20 Aug 05


That’s gold. 😉

wonsworld 11:15 pm 19 Aug 05


please, for our safety, stay off the rabbit pellets and toasted lettuce . . . ok?

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 4:52 pm 19 Aug 05

Uh oh, bad song coming on again….
“Pillory Henfold lays an egg, doo dah, doo dah
Bangs her head and winds up dead, doo dah doo dah day…”

Erm, sorry if somebody just had a brain melt after reading that…

terubo 3:05 pm 19 Aug 05

Pillory Henfold.

bulldog 12:58 pm 19 Aug 05

Millions of variations, one delicious punchline. It’s an oldy but a goody.

wonsworld 12:39 pm 19 Aug 05

It’s better than calling them bastards.

and Bulldog… that used to be a joke aimed at Doug Anthony when I first heard it hehehe

Samuel Gordon-Stewart 12:29 pm 19 Aug 05

Let’s all go to the hill and call everyone mate….walk around calling out to everyone “G’day mate”

Absent Diane 10:01 am 19 Aug 05

WTF….. isn’t this country a democathingy… I can appreciate people not liking words such as f*ck, c*nt, m*fftard, – words which I use on a daily basis… but banning a word like mate.. it would certainly encourage me to get my gun if I had one and fire randomly…. no wonder you here so many stories of security guards going postal…

Spitfire3 9:46 am 19 Aug 05

The fact that a ban on the word mate could be put on security guards in the first place is bloody scary. It’s comforting that there was such a backlash, but what if there hadn’t been a backlash? What if there’d been some other major event in the news that got everyone’s attention instead?

I usually don’t like using the word ‘un-Australian’, but that it surely what the person who ordered this ban is, and that person should be fuckin fired.

bulldog 9:13 am 19 Aug 05

Well allow me to share it with you…

There’s a big argument in Parliament; everyone is yelling and screaming at each other, carrying on like a pack of schoolkids.

All of the sudden this tall bloke in an akubra and drizabone stands up and yells,
“Take is easy everyone, listen to me, I’m a country member”.

All goes quiet and from somewhere up the back someone mutters,
“Yeah, I remember”.

Off topix, but I’m sure you appreciate it all the more when you picture J-Ho telling big Kim he’s a member…

Thumper 8:58 am 19 Aug 05


In a word, Nope….

Ralph 8:52 am 19 Aug 05

I’m beginning to question whether this fiasco is some sort of petty backlash against the security guards following their recent mumblings to the media about pay and conditions.

bulldog 8:43 am 19 Aug 05

What a load of absolute shit. The Senior Public Servant should be reprimanded for wasting tax payer funded time on such a petty and wanky task as complaining. Then they should be kciked in the ass for being an uptight un-Australian f*cktard. Then they should have to answer to Ray Martin or Richard Carlton on National Television as to while they feel they are above the term ‘mate’. Then they should be demoted to Mail Room assistant.

Thumper, have you heard the joke about the country member?

Thumper 8:40 am 19 Aug 05

So she does exist?????

Che, stop using that offensive language around here please.

Ralph 8:30 am 19 Aug 05

Oh she was on the idiot box last night.

che 8:28 am 19 Aug 05

Matey, matey, mate, matily mate
Should we be alarmed and not alert that Hillary is undertaking un-Australian type activities that is threatening our way of life?

Thumper 8:21 am 19 Aug 05

Does anyone ever feel that ‘Hilary Penfold’ seems to be a made up name?

In other words, does she really exist? Or is she a name on memos?

Thumper 8:15 am 19 Aug 05


maybe they should start calling everyone ‘member’

as in, ‘Hey you, ya member’…..

The short man will not like this as the word mate evokes images of Gallipoli and Australianess and all that sort of stuff he likes to associate with.

And aside from that, what an absolute tosser to suggest a ban on the word ‘mate’.

Maybe Hilary should have made suggestions as to titles. Can you see Beazley wandering over to Howard and saying, ‘Hey bro, how’s it going?’

To which the answer could could be, ‘Shut up you member’…

Ralph 7:39 am 19 Aug 05

What an absolute disgrace – very un-Australian.

That senior public servant is a pin dick.

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