TIM TAM ANYONE?
Paul Zanetti is a Walkley award winning syndicated cartoonist with over 30 years in the media. He blogs at www.zanettisview.com
You might have wanted to make a cuppa and grab yourself a Tim Tam while watching Senator Nova Peris deliver her public explanation of “that” affair. Well...maybe just a cuppa. I've suddenly gone off Tim Tams.
Expecting the Senator might have a good explanation for the content of her emails, I waited until the end, but heard no denial, or reasonable explanation.
Instead, the Senator says the emails don't hold the values she holds and she doesn't have copies of the emails so she can't verify them (What? The rest of the country has seen copies of them).
She also publicly dragged her kids into the affair - over and over, as you do when you've nothing to hide.
And she tugged on aboriginal children’s welfare as she attempted to shroud herself in goodness and wholesomeness. Is an Aussie red herring a red barra?
What was also interesting were her two versions of the truth. In the emails she said she was still married and with her husband, but told the Senate this afternoon she was separated from her husband at the time.
Was she fibbing then, or now?
It had better be then, and not to the parliament, or this could get a whole lot worse for Nova.
From the news reports:
Ms Peris was married to Olympian Daniel Batman, the father of two of her three children, at the time. In another email to Mr Boldon on March 14, Ms Peris wrote about forgetting her anniversary because she could not focus on anything but him and their upcoming sexual exploits.
“Do you think I should break it to my husband yet?” Ms Peris writes. “That I am running away from him for 10 days with you??? Did I tell u I forgot our anniversary the other week!! 2nd March, married for 9 years…ooopppps…I came home and he said, do you have anything to say, I said um, no, why?, he said to look on the bed, so I did, there were roses and a card and a gift, gold bracelet… ‘happy anniversary’…
“All I could say was sorry, I have had a lot on my mind lately...”
“What an awful wife you are lol oh and why break it now when u have almost a month til I get there...,” Mr Boldon responds.
Apart from the marital cheating, which is personal and grubby, this gets down to dressing up a personal tryst in a public program, funded by the taxpayer.
All in all, Nova reckons this is all somebody else's fault, and the media is also to blame. Hmmm... is this response tactic outlined in the ALP parliamentary training handbook? Blame others, tug on the heart strings, invoke the family and the kiddies, look over there, but don't address the issues. Shades of Craig Thomson's address to Parliament?
Her Labor colleagues from both houses poured into the Upper House to hug and embrace her after she had told the Senate, 'I did nothing wrong'.
Where have we heard that before?