Tuesday, July 5, 2016

frontbench & breathe new life into

Quotations:

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Richard Di Natale: [Tassie; frontbench] Look. Sam is right. I'm really proud to lead a party that's a majority of women in our party room and if you look now in some of our States, in Tassie,  we are an all women party. We have five out seven women in Victoria, I think it's because the culture we have. It's very healthy culture andit supports women right from the moment they join the party, right through to when they become members of parliament. The Liberal party have a major problem and good on Kelly for taking on it and naming it. It is a big problem. I mean, Brendan, you have to change things. You've to change the culture and the institution if you're going to get more women in parliament. It does not just happen magically. You know, the frontbench say said that they - I think it was Tony Abbott said that his frontbench was selected on merit. Now, I've worked very closely with some of that frontbench and I can tell you that merit was the last thing that got most of them there and they need ... 

Tony Jones:[breathe new life into; inside story; spin] And I'm afraid that's all we have time for tonight. I would love to come back to some of our panellists on that. But it's all we have time for. Please thank our panel, Brendan O'Neill, Kelly O'Dwyer, Richard Di Natale, Katty Faust and Sam Dastyari. Thank you very much, and next Monday on Q&A we'll head to the Melbourne Writer Festival to talk political writing, and with three former politicians who went into print: senior Howard cabinet minister, Peter Reith;  former Queensland premier Anna Bligh; rural independent, Tony Windsor.  Will he come back into politics and the Australian publisher who breathed new life into political writing, Louise Adler. Are political memoirs the inside story or just one last chance to spin, until next week's Q&A, goodnight.


Definitions:

frontbench:
the most important members of the government and the opposition in the British parliament, who sit in the front row of seats

breathe new life into:
Revive someone or something

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