The Liberal Party of NSW State Conference meets right next to the Sydney Knife Fair

Despite his purge, Camenzuli clearly has some influence within the party.

Meanwhile, in a small coup, the faction managed to win the approval of John Howard for their preferred choice for President, Phil Argy.

Credit:Joe Bank

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We closely followed the former Prime Minister by Scott Morrison forced readjustment to the indignity of backbench life. In the latest episode, a desperate-looking Morrison was spotted flying from Canberra to Melbourne last Friday, dragging himself into seat 6F (a window seat) on a Qantas economy flight with his overalls in a bag of dry cleaning. It’s quite a step back from Shark One, as the Premier’s plane was known in the Morrison years.

And just to increase the indignity he had to walk past the rookie Labor MP Carina Garlandsitting in the aisle, not looking too happy to get up to let him pass.

However, all was not bad. In Melbourne, Morrison managed to have a good time with “Jen and the Girls”, attending the Van Gogh exhibition at the Lume Gallery, which he described as “absolutely magical”.

Cry me in Rio

CBD last week announced the hottest Friday lunch date in town – an $85 a head lunch hosted by the Melbourne Mining Club, with a special address from the managing director of Rio Tinto, Australia Kelly Parker.

Parker was drafted in the wake of the mining giant’s destruction of 46,000-year-old Indigenous rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in 2020, and it seems the aftershocks of that act of cultural vandalism are still being felt… somehow.

When the general manager was asked about her legacy over lunch, Parker, a 20-plus-year veteran of Rio, got all emotional.

“The events in Juukan were tragic not only for the PKKP [local Aboriginal community] and traditional owners and Indigenous Australians, but so tragic for our employees,” she said.

“What drives me every day is making sure that I can rebuild that pride… and that people want to wear the Rio Tinto shirt and be proud. That’s what drives me.

Does anyone have a thought for the poor employees of Rio Tinto!

Forster entrance

Berlin’s techno den Berghain is notoriously the hardest-to-break-in nightclub in the world and a mainstay of the Liberal Party Christine Forster, sister of Tony Abbott, was no exception to the list of budding candidates. Her and her wife Virginia Flitcroft were rudely refused entry on recent holidays with the usual: “Nein!”

Unusually, however, the pair responded. “What? Are we too old, too lesbian, too Aussie?” they asked. It worked – they were ushered inside, where they danced for hours to the techno track.

“It was fabulous,” Forster confirmed.

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