Fraser House News Tip

It seems the witch-hunt for my snitch at Fraser House isn’t going well, this just in:

Fraser House news tip:

Tim Barnett was quizzed by a senior volunteer at Fraser House this morning as to why he had to go Aussie to be an election observer (Many people thought he was working from home in Island Bay).  

When put to Barnett that:

  1. All the major Australian newspapers are online and;
  2. Skype, Twitter, and email are cost effective means of communication and;
  3. All the academic analysis of the Aussie election will be published by Christmas.

Barnett’s response was “As General Secretary, it is my duty.”

Labour Party members paying for the General Secretary’s duty?

Or troughing junket?


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  • Quintin Hogg

    Australia is a big place to cover for one observer!

    • blokeintakapuna

      yeah – but after a few hours from any bar – he can rule the World!

      • tarkwin

        Works for me.

      • le sphincter

        Its the same reason why National has observer/observers on the ground in Australia too. You can get entry to the party backrooms and see what is really happening.
        Fairfax and News corp outlests are a joke for what is really going on

        • Grantavius

          Absolutely. Watching how others handle issues is a great way to learn, and news media don’t get to the meetings where spin is decided.

        • Hazards001

          Yep…of course arsemouth the national party aren’t famous for dipping into the taxpayers pockets to pay for smarmy cunt’s junkets are they?
          Who is really paying for Barnett’s sojourn?

  • In Vino Veritas

    I go for (b) troughing junket.
    And am pretty confident with that answer.

  • GarethsPussy

    I wonder if it was harder than the work he usually does?

    • Patrick

      Probably had to put his own bag on the conveyor when checking in

  • kevin

    Expenses paid so he can twit, email, skype and have fun away from the madness. Who wouldn’t. His ‘work’ is only beginning, lol.

  • GazzW

    I wonder what end of the bus he flew in and did he get to keep his airpoints.

  • Mark

    It’s impossible to sample the seedy delights of of the golden mile of King’s Cross whilst remaining in NZ.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Tim Barnett is studying Oz elections to come up with new plans to trump John Key. Leave this man alone….

    • richard.b

      Do they have elections in OZ? I thought it was ruled by the wicked witch?

    • kevin

      Learn from Rudd? Perfect

      • David Cunliffe is just like Kevin Rudd, except without the charisma…

    • Timboh

      With the greatest of respect, what should we leave alone? I remember some story about a young gentleman having access to the parliament buildings in embarrassing circumstances involving persons around the last Labour ‘government’ inner and outer circles. But then I admit I don’t have your inside information. However a transplanted Rudd clone would be devastating to the next election for whichever party it belonged to.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Only David Curryleaf can save NZ Timboh….let Tim Barnett do his job..

    • Timboh

      Apologies for the rude response Sir CC, Your access to the red heart of the party is much appreciated.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        A true Labour supporter marches on Timboh….

        • Hazards001


  • tarkwin

    Wandering around Kings Cross saying you have anything to do with Labor would be as smart as entering Darien in a beauty contest.

  • cows4me

    Sounds like the Socialists need to start cutting up the credit cards, no wonder the arseholes want to raise taxes.

  • Bryan

    it will not matter which one wins Key will be lining up a policy that will cut the feet from under them. Cuncliffe has already given him a gift, and he probally has some real humdingers lined for roberston and jones but he is a very focused man and not easily sidetracked ask John Campbell

  • Time For Accountability

    Must be related to Chris Carter.

    They simply don’t understand the difference between right and wrong.

    • Hazards001

      Pffttt…they don’t need to understand the difference between right and wrong…they just need to understand the difference between Right and Left!

  • LesleyNZ

    Why would he want to go and observe Labor’s demise? A sense of duty?

  • Patrick

    Does our Tim perchance have a penchant for big burly rugby boys, I mean he just happened to be in Sydney when the big game of the year (Bledisloe 1) was on, coincidence?
    Wonder if they allowed him into the showers afterwards.
    The Dingoes certainly played like Timmy had been in there lavishing their testicles.