It's time we hopped onto our high horse and galloped into the night.
But before that, what did we learn today?
- If you're going to write a message about diggers, keep the carbon tax out of it;
- Don't make an enemy of Malcolm Turnbull;
- Or Andrew Bolt;
- But if the PM had to choose, he says he'll back Malc; AKA
- Keep your friends close, but your frenemies closer.
Andrew Meares, Alex Ellinghausen and I will be back tomorrow.
(P.S In an update that could not wait until the morning, Bill Heffernan just gave Stephen Conroy a mini-massage in the Defence estimates hearing. How relaxing is that?!)
In estimates this evening, Health, the Industry Department, Safe Work Australia and Defence Materiel Organisation are on the menu.
If you'd like to watch the scrutiny in action, tune in here.
Do you want to keep the story going?
What do you reckon Malcolm?
Andrew Bolt has hit TVs this evening, telling Channel 10 that Turnbull's "over the top response shows he just wants to keep the story going".
(Bolt's comments in turn thus ensuring the story keeps going.)
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And now, the results of today's poll.
Which is the greater sin?
We have a clear winner: "mentioning the carbon tax in a statement about D-Day" with 64 per cent of the vote.
Next is "suggesting dole recipients should get drug tested" (26 per cent), followed by "having dinner with Clive Palmer" (6 per cent) and "associating Andrew Bolt with the term 'demented'" (3 per cent).
FYI, Stephen Conroy, "having a press conference in an air base hangar" only scored a lowly one per cent of the vote.
Thanks to the 1,327 people who voted.
That's almost a Nielsen poll sample!
Here's an opportunity if you have a spare $1,200 floating around.
Mark Hawthorne and James Massola report that Labor is offering business leaders and lobbyists a day at the AFL with Albo.
That would be the Swans vs the GWS Giants on June 28.
The ALP stands to make up to $16,800 from the event.
Albo has declined to comment.
A last mintue shout out to vote in our poll today.
Ten minutes to go.
Have your say! It's democracy!
The PM will meet SBY on the island of Batam.
(Because Batam is where SBY will be on Wednesday.)
"Further to their very cordial conversation last month, the Prime Minister will spend time with President Yudhoyono and continue the progress that has been made to resolve current issues and to strengthen the bilateral relationship," a spokesman for the PM says.
The Abbott-SBY meeting is a good sign of "normality" happening in Australia-Indonesia relations.
We suppose that there are fingers crossed in government circles that there are no boat turnback operations between now and then.
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In other foreign policy news, Tony Abbott will stop off in Indonesia on his way to Europe for D-Day commemorations.
It has been confirmed this afternoon that the PM will meet with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Wednesday.
This comes after Indonesia's Ambassador to Australia arrived back in Canberra late last month.
And after Abbott backed out of a meeting with SBY earlier in May.
In the Foreign Affairs Committee, Labor's Sam Dastyari has asked what would happen to Australia and the ANZUS Treaty in the event that things got serious in the South China Sea and the US backed Japan in a conflict?
Defence secretary Dennis Richardson has decidedly refused to step through the scenario here.
(i.e. no freaking way is he going to say that yep, sure thing Australia would go to war against China.)
When asked what Australia's obligations are, Richardson told Dastyari, "I would suggest that you read the ANZUS Treaty".
Away from the House, estimates has been chatting on this afternoon.
In the Community Affairs committee, Labor's Deb O'Neill has asked if there is any understanding of how the GP co-payment and the government six-month dole wait will impact upon young people.
It has been pointed out by officials that 20 to 29 year-olds are some are among the lowest users of healthcare in Australia.
(But still, what happens if one of them happens to buck the trend and get sick?)
What do you think Malc and Morrison are having a look at here?
Bolt's column today?
The PM's D-Day video?
Peppa Pig on iview?
There was only one boot out today.
That was Labor's Ed Husic, just after 3pm, during the dixer to Luke Hartsuyker on work for the dole.
(He can come back in an hour if he likes.)
By our calculations that makes it 106 Labor MPs who have now been sent out in this parliament, compared to 2 Coalition MPs.Back to top
Amid dixers on small business, work for the dole and children's literacy, we have a final question from BS to TA.
He refers to "mistakes" explaining the budget by the Treasurer, Pyne, Kevin Andrews and the PM himself.
If the PM and his cabinet can't get it right, how will they ever understand how their budget of broken promises is hurting real Australian families?
"It is so typical, I regret to say," Abbott says.
The opposition is "no solutions, all complaint".
And with that, he ends QT at 3.10pm.
Is the PM having a Clive moment here?
We'll be using "bestie" before you know it.
The upshot of all that?
"Frenemy" is allowed in the House!
Oh and here's Labor's question on the Bolt rant (which was neatly preceded by a dixer to Malcolm Turnbull on the NBN).
Jason Clare asks the PM:
Earlier today the Minister for Communications made remarks about Andrew Bolt as demented, crazy and unhinged.
Andrew Bolt then said "If only Malcolm Turnbull spent half his charm fighting for Tony Abbott's Budget".
PM, who is right? Your friend Andrew Bolt or your frenemy, Malcolm Turnbull?
After a protest from Pyne (who does not think the question should be allowed), Madam Speaker lets it through.
And Abbott says: "in any dispute between a member of my frontbench and a member of the Fourth Estate, I'm firmly on the side of my frontbencher".Back to top