It’s a sorry thing when our SIS Minister is heard apologising for saying something while not yet awake

November 28, 2014
"Take you cue from me, Chris, and never say sorry."

“Take your cue from me, Chris, and never say sorry.”

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.

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There’s talk of parliamentary perjurers being prosecuted, but MPs mustn’t become too punitive

July 23, 2012

Alf observed with more than passing interest the steps being taken in Britain to punish those who lie or mislead Parliamentary select committees.

He was apprised of this development, in the Mother of all Parliaments, by a report (here) in the Daily Mail.

Lying or misleading MPs during parliamentary committees could become a criminal offence.

He admits he did not pay attention immediately to this item.

He was drawn, rather, to a raft of other items about the daft antics of Poms including the story (here) of a psychic who persuaded sheilas to strip for him.

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