A week or so ago, I wrote the following;
And now for some speculation; this will blow up in the Australian Prime Minister’s face as it is highly-unlikely that this will be the final sexual dalliance to be or have been occurring at senior government levels. By writing his moralistic code of conduct, he’s just given a green light for these stories to emerge.
Today a journalist tacitly admitted there’s a battle underway between those who now believe they should be reporting matters sexual in the Australian Federal parliament and those who would keep the status quo code of silence;
Politicians (and men of public stature more generally) are fearful of what past misdeeds might be uncovered next.
Journalists are at internal war over what is in the public interest and what is not.
Note the subtle men of public stature dig there.
Unless all of the latent scandals being prepared for public consumption are about gay sex, presumably there’s a significant ratio of women involved in these rendevous cinq à sept, and not all of whom are Foreign Minister?
Yesterday a minister, Michaela Cash, made some unsubtle hints about two senior opposition MPs which she was then pressured into retracting. But, of course, the inferred allegation they were both adulterers is now out there permanently.
Shots have been fired, it will be interesting to see if the response is a return volley.
This is pure Game Theory being played out in public;
Journalists are contemplating whether or not they can claim a public interest angle to publishing details of politicians’ sexual dalliances.
Politicians are using parliamentary privilege to make allegations about their opponents.
As both groups have individuals break ranks and start letting the information flow into the public domain, there will be less reason for others to maintain their silence.
In other news, Australian popcorn futures have suddenly doubled in value.