Ask Grong Grong what's up in politics

30 Jan, 2015 06:05 AM
Patrons of the Royal Hotel in Grong Grong are not too impressed with the knighthood for Prince Philip. Photo: Declan Rurenga
Prince Philip's knighthood didn't pass the pub test
Patrons of the Royal Hotel in Grong Grong are not too impressed with the knighthood for Prince Philip. Photo: Declan Rurenga

FEDERAL member for Riverina Michael McCormack is a regular visitor to the Royal Hotel in Grong Grong, NSW.

"He always finds the time to come to Grong Grong," the pub's owner Ted Obudzinski said.

"He's got a family like everyone else, we understand he needs to go home to them but he often stops here at 7pm and has a bit of chat on a Tuesday."

On the back of his visit this week, Mr McCormack, a federal government backbencher, urged the Prime Minister to stop reacting to the "texting, latte-sipping, keyboard warriors who frequent the tapas bars of Sydney and Melbourne" and visit the Royal Hotel in the country town to get an "honest appraisal" of how the government can improve.

He said he did not support Mr Abbott's decision to knight Prince Philip on Australia Day, saying it had left most voters "scratching their heads".

"A lot of the things we do pass the pub test and some of it doesn't," Mr McCormack said.

"Prince Philip's knighthood didn't pass the pub test," he said.

Indeed, when Fairfax Media asked patrons of the Royal Hotel about the decision, there was a common answer: "It's bulls---."

"He (Abbott) was in enough trouble as it was and he's gone and kicked himself in the nuts," said local Matt Murph.

Mr Obudzinski also agreed that his local member was on target with his comments, adding that he shared his disagreement over a knighthood for the Queen's husband.

"Surely there's an Australian that's deserving of an award," Mr Obudzinski said.

"They call it the great divide for a reason - it's gone down like a lead balloon. We've got a 90-year-old customer and a knighthood for him would be well received," he said.

Mr Obudzinski said the gentleman in question, Charlie Ross, was a local legend around Grong Grong, having worked as a fencer for most of the farmers around the district.

Mr Murph said the folks who are "supposed to be the thinkers, weren't thinking".

"There's people in the office who haven't seen the sun, they type up a new rule and it looks fine on the computer screen. But go back to reality and it doesn't work," Mr Murph said.

"I put a uniform on for this country when I was 17, I know 100 different people who deserve the accolade."

Earlier on Thursday, Mr McCormack said the decision went against the grain of "most ordinary everyday Australians" and had exposed the government to "ridicule".

The parliamentary secretary to the Finance Minister went on to urge the Prime Minister to stop responding to the "tea leaf reading groups" who set the hashtags on social media.

He said the Prime Minister's judgment call had made backbenchers "jumpy".

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30/01/2015 1:48:20 PM

Who gives a stuff ?What has it cost us in $'s ? NOTHING ! Move on to REAL problems besetting the nation.
1/02/2015 5:17:13 AM

Mug, apparently the nation doesn't have any real problems right now. Hence the carry on over this bit over trivia.


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