He was in the stands to see his beloved Cronulla Sharks, but this was a chance for the Canberra Raiders to convince Prime Minister Scott Morrison to invest in a new stadium in the capital.
So, ScoMo, your beloved Sharks fell two points short against the Raiders at Canberra Stadium. Barring the result, what did you think? Worth dipping into the pockets for a state of the art stadium in the capital? The resident clubs and fans are due.
The people would love you for it. You could be up there with the likes of the late Bob Hawke, once the Raiders' No. 1 ticket holder who threw premiership celebration parties at The Lodge.
You would certainly get a better reception from Raiders fans than Kevin Rudd did when he fronted up at Canberra Stadium during his reign in 2010 - he was met with boos.
ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr says negotiations with his federal counterparts can fast-track plans for a new stadium in Canberra after he enjoyed an eye-opening experience in western Sydney last week.
He believes one way to speed up the process would be to have the federal government forgive the $1 billion loan for the loose-fill asbestos clean up.
The ball is in your court, Prime Minister.
NO REP RAIDERS?
Nick Cotric's hopes of retaining his NSW Blues jersey may have gone up in smoke thanks to an ankle injury.
And he might not be the only Raider missing representative duties last week with Canberra coach Ricky Stuart adamant the club comes first.
"It'll be interesting because I've got some busted blokes at the moment. None of them will be playing representative football if they have any injury cloud at all, not one of them," Stuart said.
"There's a number of blokes wounded in there at the moment. I'm all for them playing rep footy, but the club comes first and if they have any injury cloud, they won't be playing."
Cotric's place in the NSW Blues squad is in doubt just as Manly Warringah flyer Tom Trbojevic comes into the frame for an Origin recall. Jack Wighton and Josh Papalii will ideally be there again come next Sunday.
But the news mightn't be as good for the likes of New Zealand's Jordan Rapana and Joe Tapine, or Tongan international Siliva Havili.
The Kiwi duo have had frustrating runs and may be ruled out as the Raiders look to overcome a debilitating injury crisis to hold their top four spot.
You'd be forgiven for thinking the top of the Raiders' all-time try scoring list has a typo.
But if you're seeing "J. Croker - 120 tries" in the top two spots, that's no mistake.
Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker has drawn level with his namesake and club legend Jason Croker at the top of the list in his 244th game for the club. Not a bad strike rate considering the latter did it in 318 games.
It is the latest in a swathe of records for the Canberra centre, who may wind up at the top of the competition's all-time point scoring list by the time he draws the curtains.