In last weeks episode you saw the Labour Party Speaker of the House, a generally inoffensive no-body (lets call him Harry) visited by a couple of ALP enforcers (lets call them Trevor and Clayton) who threatened to break his arms and legs and other bits unless he resigned ... so he did, citing the fact that he was fed up with the Ministerial Salary; his lavish Apartment in Parliament; his generous entertainment allowance and all the free VIP travel around the world - all he wanted to do was to get back to being a humble back-bench MP ... and Labour gets one more vote.
Enter a maverick Opposition MP (lets call him Peter). Peter has had a less than stellar parliamentary career having been caught out rorting his travel expenses and, on one occasion, sleeping through the speech of a visiting Head of State. Peter enjoys the high life which is perhaps a little surprising (or perhaps not) given that he was a former Priest. Problem for Peter is that his past is catching up with him and he is facing de-selection by his Party in his seat (lets call it Fisher) by an ex able Minister (lets call him Mal).
The PM knows Peter is in the deep donkey do so goes to him and asks him how would he like to be Mr Speaker and Peter, after thinking about it long and hard for a whole nano second, said "Yes Sir and where are a keys to the liquor cabinet please". The PM said the jobs yours subject to you resigning from your Party and becoming an Independent and, as Speaker, declining to cast a deliberative vote. Peter sez "I never liked those bastards anyway, can I have the keys please" ... and the Opposition is suddenly down one vote.
Coming Up ....
What will Andrew do now the Government doesn't need his vote?
Is Trevor really going to enjoy life on the back-benches?
What will Andrew's mate Nick, a Senator, think about all of this?
Will the Opposition somehow arrange for Peter to be run over by a bus?
What now happens in 'Fisher'. Will Mal take the seat?
And just what does the Foreign Minister, who wants a clean out of the Party back-room power brokers (and the Prime Minister) think about all of this?
Folks. Not a Soap Opera. It all happened last week in Canberra in case you hadn't noticed.