Alf’s caucus mates prefer he stick his borax only into Opposition politicians and spare his party colleagues.
But it’s hard to resist taking a tilt at the Minister in charge of the Security Intelligence Service, Chris Finlayson, who has been apologising for dismissing Parliament’s select committee process as “chit chat”.
Alf took a dim view of this remark because he is often advising his constituents, when they are bitching about this, that or whatever legislation, that they should shut up if they did not take the opportunity to influence things by making submissions to the select committee which considered the law when it was at the bill stage.
Finlayson, who also happens to be our Attorney-General, has acknowledged that as soon as he said the process was just chit-chat, he knew his remark was “uncharacteristically flippant”.
“It’s certainly not chit chat and I apologise,” he says.