1. Welcome to the show, Prime Minister.
2. Delighted to be here, Kerry.
1. Can you answer this question honestly and directly: …are you a redhead?
2. Well, Kerry, if you’re asking am I qualified to lead the labor party and be prime minister of this country, the answer is yes.
1. I understand that, but are you a redhead?
2. I’m hearing what you’re saying, Kerry, but I really do think that particular question is irrelevant.
1. Some people think you dye your hair.
2. They’re entitled to their opinion, Kerry.
1. Do you?
2. The labor party has chosen me as their leader, Kerry. It has nothing to do with my hair color.
1. You’re evading my question, Prime Minister.
2. That’s part of my job, Kerry.
1. I’m simply asking you a yes or no question: are you a redhead?
2. Do I look blonde?
1. That’s not what I’m asking.
2. Australians are a confident, optimistic, forward-looking people, Kerry, and I think millions of Australians are more interested in leadership qualifications than hair color.
1. But if one of your constituents asked you what color your hair is, what would you say?
2. They’ve got eyes, Kerry.
1. I accept that, but that wasn’t my question. My question was, what would you say?
2. I’d say my government stands for a fair deal for all Australians – going forward.
1. You’re ignoring my question again.
2. Australians are interested in a fair go, Kerry.
1. They’re not the only ones.
2. What are you inferring, Kerry?
1. I’m inferring that you’re refusing to answer my question.
2. Which question in particular was that, Kerry?
1. Are you a redhead?
2. Are you asking me if I’m a redhead?
2. There are over 16 million known colors in the visible spectrum, Kerry…
1. I realize that but I’m asking you about just one of them.
2. And which one of those 16 million is that, Kerry?
1. The red one.
2. I’m the Prime Minister of this country, Kerry – going forward. Don’t you think your responsibility as an investigative journalist is to ask questions that are relevant to the welfare of all Australians?
1. We’re out of time, Prime Minister. Thanks for joining us.
2. My pleasure, Kerry. Any time.
The art of evading journalist’s questions.