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Christopher Pyne, on speed, answers LATELINE'S Leigh Sales on Julia Gillard's schools budget blowout

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Christopher Pyne, stirred, answers LATELINE'S Leigh Sales on Julia Gillard's 'Mincing Poodle' jibe

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

LATELINE: Leigh Sales wields the whip hand and extracts praise with faint damns from Craig Emerson for Tony Abbott in a disciplined interview


You can look forward, as a rule, to good entertainment value, whenever Tony Abbott fronts up for an interview. To the polly’s credit, he doesn’t shirk interviews, even when it would be far preferable to stay curled up in bed in the foetal posture, sucking one’s thumb; believe me, for I am not known for bullshit, nor bovine backsides’ output.

Way back in late 2007 it took Prime Minister John Howard’s order to blast Mr Abbott into space for three weeks to get rid of him during the election campaign, after an earthy exchange with Nicola Roxon, the then Shadow Health Minister; if he had his way he would have been in front of as many microphones and cameras as possible regardless; don’t believe me?: ‘WARRINGAH: Health Minister Abbott blasted into space for 3 weeks by Howard; no bullshit’.

Lateline’s midweek onwards anchor, Leigh Sales, kept the the boys in line, cracking the whip a few times just to remind them whose show it was.

Mr Emerson remained restrained, civil, even polite, as did Mr Abbott, but it took a determined Mr Abbott to get him to smile; not even his reference to the Archangel Gabriel leading the Opposition did the trick; only later, with a tit for tat offer of acknowledgment of each side's good work did a grin break forth finally from Mr Emerson.

The interview ended on a charmingly goodwill saturated and pleasant note, to the credit of the anchor and the two sparring partners.


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