Twenty souls from the Press Gallery at Parliament House, Canberra, were asked by the intrepid highly-paid but patriotic former student politician turned Tele journo Steve Lewis to confidentially give their views of the events of 2012, they thought:
■ The carbon tax was the best achievement of the year (if you laughed at this, as we did, you have just revealed your lack of enthusiasm for the policy initiative, much lauded within the latte curtain, but less loved elsewhere);
■ The PM’s attack on Tony Abbott over misogyny was the moment of the year and that, indeed, the PM is the best parliamentary performer, with Labor Lefty’s Albo and Greg Combet just behind her;
■ The scandal Steve Lewis brought to the nation’s attention in an ambush on the former Speaker Peter Slipper based on litigation brought by his then staffer James Ashby that has come to be massively discredited was voted the low point of the year.
I suspect it might be the last year such a survey is conducted although kudos to Steve Lewis for running with it, especially the Slipper part. While his story was presented in a manner that makes our least subtle yarns look humanitarian, it was certainly a big story, although it is now clear it was based on a big lie.