Just when you thought you’d covered every possible angle… Wow, what a packed week for Senator Stephen Conroy, eh?
I’m in Crikey today with a piece they’ve entitled Conroyâ€™s really bad week #347: Classification Board website hacked. Which it was. And what a lovely new welcome message they had.
This site contains information about the boards that have the right to CONTROL YOUR FREEDOMZ. The Classification Board has the right to not just classify content (the name is an ELABORATE TRICK), but also the right to DECIDE WHAT IS AND ISNT APPROPRIATE and BAN CONTENT FROM THE PUBLIC. We are part of an ELABORATE DECEPTION from CHINA to CONTROL AND SHEEPIFY the NATION, to PROTECT THE CHILDREN. All opposers must HATE CHILDREN, and therefore must be KILLED WITH A LARGE MELONS during the PROSECUTION PARTIES IN SEPTEMBER. Come join our ALIEN SPACE PARTY.
I also offer some comments on Senator Conroy’s performance on ABC TV’s Q&A last night. You can watch the video for yourself, but I reckon he performed poorly.
The best bit about Q&A, though, was Conroy’s demeanour. I’m accustomed to seeing him in Question Time, Estimates, or in doorstop interviews, where he looks like he’s in command, on the attack, confident and assured.
Tonight he looked hunched-over. He rambled. He started sentences then stumbled as he tried to work out how to finish them. He stuttered. He was defensive. It was almost embarrassing to watch, and he looked defeated.
When the show moved on to the Afghanistan war, it was like the old Stephen Conroy had climbed out of his shell again. Completely different person.
He said the censorship issue was a distraction, but his performance tonight suggested to me that it’s eating him away inside. Weak, vulnerable, and factually wrong. My god what a perfect combination.
This raises a point that’s been in the back of my mind for ages: Does Senator Conroy personally support this policy?
I suspect not. Or if he did, he certainly doesn’t now. I’m hearing that he’s been ordered to continue by the Prime Minister. If Conroy is looking defeated, it could well be because he’s realised that he’s now personally identified with this lousy policy, and his own political career is now anchored to it. And we all know what happens to anchors when the chain gets cut.