Time for a little history lesson.
Every now and then someone comes along that shows that you can actually stand up to politicians and jumped up officials and give them and everyone else a lesson in how to handle the twerps.
Back in 1991 Kerry Packer was summonsed before aÂ parliamentary committeeÂ and he let rip.
Mr Packer stared down committee member after committee member, including men once spoken of in hushed tones as future leadership material, Michael Lee and Peter Costello.
“You’re either gonna have to believe me or call me a liar,” Mr Packer snarled when one committee member found his answer difficult to believe.
MPs appeared to shrink in size as the hearing went on and Mr Packer grew more aggressive.
Not much about the tax practices of Australian Consolidated Press was elicited except Mr Packer’s now infamous statement that “of course” he tried to pay less tax.
“I don’t know anybody that doesn’t minimise their tax,” Mr Packer growled as he stirred his delicate parliamentary china cup of tea with a teaspoon. “I’m not evading tax in any way shape or form. Of course I’m minimising my tax. If anybody in this country doesn’t minimise their tax they want their head read. As a government I can tell you you’re not spending it that well that we should be paying extra.”
Journalists had a field day. The voting public â€“ possibly for the first time â€“ felt Mr Packer spoke for all of them. And the politicians on the committee exited the hearing with their chests slightly less puffed out than they had been on entry.