I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.
Don Vito Corleone
The Godfather, 1972.
It’s hardly a ‘take out the trash’ news day.
- Ian Thorpe is in rehab.
- Amanda Knox has been found guilty (again) of the murder of her roommate.
- The Abbott Government has left the Goulburn Valley swinging.
But no … the Australian Labor Party just CANNOT keep it together.
Unhappy with being punted from the number one spot on the South Australian ALP Senate ticket (for the actually popular, generally admired & copiously talented Senator Penny Wong), Senator Don Farrell (he of doing pretty much fuck all for the people of South Australia, let alone Australia or anyone but himself & his factional mates) was offered a sweet deal by a minister in the Weatherill government, Michael O’Brien for the safe ALP state seat of Napier the day after the 2013 Federal election.
O’Brien & Farrell wanted to keep this news from the voters of Napier until next Monday, when Labor’s state executive meets to consider remaining candidates, the nomination process and length of time for campaigning. Unfortunately for them, The Australian printed an exclusive today.
Premier Jay Weatherill seems like a decent person. News Limited outlets are reporting (& O’Brien told 891 Breakfast) that Weatherill knew of the deal last week, but wanted to hold off until after the election, fearing an electoral backlash.
This is what O’Brien has to say for himself this morning:
“Don and I go back 30 years. We’re extremely close friend and it was my view that he would be a great loss to public life so I rang him on the Sunday morning and put the offer to him.”
He then went on to sort of blame the Oz for the inconvenience. Apparently, his deal, done almost five months ago, was too good to be shared with the electors of Napier & the Premier of the bloody State who launched the election campaign on Sunday. When Weatherill told ABC Radio he will reconsider the leadership if Farrell
seeks accepts preselection, I take him at his word.
Terrific. The election is SEVEN WEEKS AWAY & we have swinging dicks at 10 paces.
Who the bloody hell do these bastards think they are?
O’Brien to Farrell: “Mate, we’ll get Albanese & the rest of the bastards who shafted you for that lefty lesbian. Here old mate, have my seat.”
Farrell to O’Brien: “Mate …”
It’s a ‘Kirribilli agreement’ for puny minded ‘power brokers’. Bugger the people, the party & the ALP’s chances of governing.
The odious Farrell has the hide to embrace ‘The Godfather’ tag, smugly telling the Oz last October:
“Sometimes they call me `The Godfather’, but of course there were a couple of sequels to The Godfather, so you just have to be patient in this game.”
I can picture it now. Michael O’Brien as the piss-weak Fredo. Jay Weatherill as Tom Hagen – ‘not a wartime consigliere’ (well, we’ll see).
Don Farrell? He’s Don Fanucci in The Godfather II. Nothing more than a low bully.
BUGGER FOR THE TIMING OF THIS POST BUT HUZZAH FOR COMMON SENSE: AAP IS REPORTING FARRELL HAS WITHDRAWN.
WEATHERILL IS A WARTIME CONSIGLIERE – JUST AS TOM HAGEN PROVED TO BE.