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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?
1. Yes.
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.

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The art of evading journalist’s questions.

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Comments

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 4 years ago

    Well put Gary. None of them could give a direct answer to a question if their lives depended on it. It’s all a part of their training at the Poli-technic!!
    Peter

  • It’s not their lives that depend on it, Georgie, it’s their political lives. Anyway, if it weren’t for them, and all the other crazy humans, we’d have nothing to laugh about. :)

    – Gary Kelly

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 4 years ago

    LOL… ☺♥

  • Yes, if only politicians knew how funny they are. Hehe.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonabout 4 years ago
    Well done Gary, that`s exactly how it is. I hate how they think we are all stupid.
  • I’m not sure about the rest of ’em, Terry, but you and I are okay. Hehe.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Brilliant work Gary … I think that possibly even before attempting to enter politics some people have lessons in evasion tactics and most definitely once elected they must pass an advanced course on redirecting the interview before being permitted to speak in public!!
    Even then many seem to suffer from failing to put their brain (?) in gear before speaking!

  • You might be right, Trish, but I suspect those people have a particular personality type before they enter politics. Actually, I do wonder sometimes why journalists even bother to interview them.

    – Gary Kelly

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