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SACKED: Mirabella cleans house in office purge

sophiemirabellaluke Sophie Mirabella – federal Liberal MP for Indi – has had to dispense with the services of her former staffer Luke Barnes and the lad’s not happy about it.

VEXNEWS understand the twenty something former electorate officer was sacked recently and was told off by the MP for being a “useless [c-word]” as Mrs Mirabella embarked upon an internal office spruce-up ahead of next year’s election. Mirabella enjoys a strong personal following in the electorate, according to Liberal insiders, and was keen to maintain her advantage by eliminating the weakest link from her team.

In response, the unhappy Luke is barn-storming around, denouncing his former boss, even darkly suggesting homophobia might have been the catalyst of his demise.

mirabellaBut colleagues familiar with the matter say that’s ridiculous, one insisting that “he was just terrifically sh*t at his job” and that his arrogance exceeded that of the average investigator at the Victorian Ombudsman’s office. He has also been described as a “complete d*ck” by those familiar with his political work.

Barnes is not only slagging Sophie, who once enjoyed considerable personal popularity at Wangaratta nightspots, but is also questioning the lifestyle in Wangaratta saying that “the lonely nights, bad coffee and presence of Sophie” in the town was enough to drive anyone into a state of disharmony.

Despite these attacks by Barnes, Mirabella continues to enjoy great popularity among Liberal Right yoof operatives who regard her as something of a wolf-den-mother, according to one observer.

“She is the wind beneath our wings,” one observed to VEXNEWS.


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  1. Shes a fat pig, simple as that !

    Posted by Kiara Nihy | May 25, 2009, 12:03
  2. You cant really sympathise with a twenty something young Lib. Serves him right for being employed by her, and for being a Lib in favour of ease of entry and exit.

    Posted by Arther conan doyle | May 25, 2009, 12:28
  3. ‘The wind beneath our wings’, I like that. When La Mirabella is PM this country will enter an era of bounty and happiness such as we’ve never known. Luke will be groundskeeper at the Macquarie Island Golf Club.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | May 25, 2009, 14:29
  4. We still have not heard which Squaddie fired the live pellet into her plump voluptuous belly.

    Posted by anon | May 25, 2009, 16:28
  5. The Pin Up girl of the extreme right……what a disgusting person.

    Posted by elephantandrat | May 25, 2009, 17:19
  6. Andrew,

    Young Sophie looks like she has been joining you to partake in a few KFC family feasts, is there anything that you are not letting us in on.

    Posted by Right Said Fred | May 25, 2009, 17:42
  7. Gee Fred, cut her some slack, she had a child last year.

    And to the best of our knowledge there is no KFC outlet in Wangaratta and only one in Canberra.

    Melbourne – on the other hand – has many outlets.

    Posted by VEXNEWS | May 25, 2009, 18:40
  8. rejoice young Andy

    there is a kfc in Wangaratta
    just follow the tyre impresions in the road from Sophies office

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2009, 19:39
  9. hes an idoit seves him right she dosent need him he will stuff up everything

    Posted by jorja | May 25, 2009, 20:21
  10. kfcwangWhen you’re wrong, you’re wrong. There is a KFC in Wangaratta. Just as there should be. We withdraw our unintended reflection on one of our favourite towns. Go in grace (and with Zinger burger),

    Posted by Andrew Landeryou and the VEXNEWS faction | May 25, 2009, 22:32
  11. The comments about Wangaratta were wrong. We have great coffee joints. I have been friends with Sophie and her family for years. Played footy with her husband. I know pollies have to be to put up with jibes. But I don’t like it when it gets personal about people I am friends with. Sophie publically brushes off criticism but I know it hurts. She is human. Cheap jibes do no one any good.

    Posted by nick mchugh | May 25, 2009, 23:19
  12. Seen the stupid woman in action in parliament a few times. A political lightweight, the electorate clearly have low expectations & Sophie does not disappoint. Hopefully she will move on or be deselected or whatever the Libs do to get rid of no hopers.

    Posted by Oh Puh....lease | May 26, 2009, 0:00
  13. Interesting that Mr Barnes should be slagging off his soon-to-be, former host town. Wangaratta served him well during almost 12 months of sponging from those he used for free food and drink. The general concensus around town is, in the manner he denigrated and at times attempted to de-humanize Sophie to anyone who would listen, was outrageous. What he failed to realise was the unswerving dedication and support bestowed to Sophie by her followers in her electorate, would come back to bite him on the bum. Perhaps something he would enjoy. Seriously Luke, a dumb move when a whole political career and/or future employment, even in a piggery, would now be under question. Note to self: engage brain before mouth.

    Posted by Svetlana | May 26, 2009, 10:17
  14. Lets get one things straight, Luke obviously isn’t, but thats cool. As a straight male I say good on him for being so open and proud of who he is and just getting on with it. On another note, i was introduced to Luke one night in Wangaratta and at the relay for life thing this year aswell, and i found him to be a great funny guy. Interestingly he was coping shit from everybody about Sophie’s big mouth, weight, outragous political views and general lack of charisma. Luke completely defended sophie and stood up for her all night. When i offered to buy him a drink as part of the next shout, i asked him what it was like to work for someone every knows and some people dont like, i remember he said that working for Sophie was a dream come and he just adored her and believe in her some much and that it was great to be apart of team Sophie. It was obvious the guy was professional and always defended and promoted Sophie even when he was constantly copping shit. Like a policeman off duty that shouldn’t be shit on, the dude was out enjoying a night and was being payed out about his boss, someone i personally cannot stand. He stood up for her, and im sure it really is her loss not to have him in her office anymore. You gotta admire the Liberal Party, so much for homophobes, they seem to be taking over!

    Posted by campbell | May 26, 2009, 13:05
  15. surely there is something better to read about than this Sophie bitch and her gay staffer. Surely in 2009 someone being sacked or someone being gay isnt a headline…..perhaps this Luke guy has gone to work for Belinda Neal

    Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2009, 13:28
  16. Wind beneath our wings says some right winger Young Australian Liberal Party Member…..there would want to be a fair bit of wind to get her to go anywhere

    Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2009, 13:29
  17. the only line in this story that is true, or at least i found news worthy or interesting is where she called the guy a “useless c-word”. If she did she should be ashamed of herself and considering everyone in the town noes her as a dirty heavy smoker and someone with a disgusting foulmouth i bet she did. I have actually had the pleasure of hearing Sophie Mirabella in action swearing her absolute head off…..so if Luke is saying thats what she called himm, the guy wouldnt be lieing…

    Posted by wangaratta resident who has heard sophie's colourful language | May 26, 2009, 14:11
  18. Maybe Zuevele Lecshan could ask Luke to come work for her when she tries (will probably fail again sadly) to take Sophie’s place as the local parliament member. Im sure after being by her side for 15 months he, like no other, would be able to give a good indication of the terrible person she really is…..lets look out for Luke walking down the main street with a KEVIN10 shirt on. Mirabella should probably be counting her luckey stars that he hasnt come out publically and said anything about her and her violent ways which every in wangaratta and beyond knows about…..this is all hearsay, he probably told his mate, or told someone, who told someone, who told Andrew and now the story is….it could go on forever, if you see this blonde Luke guy, not that he will be popping out of he woodwork much im sure to avoid Sophie’s army, but i bet he says nothing, and stays true to his obvious Liberal beliefs, at least for now

    Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2009, 14:22
  19. ***I have actually had the pleasure of hearing Sophie Mirabella in action***

    Dean/Anon/Campbell/Wang Resident : could I respectfully suggest you spellcheck *before* hitting ‘submit comment’?

    You’d save a lot of time thinking up screen names.

    Posted by Byron in Wahroonga | May 26, 2009, 15:26
  20. its not anyone elses fault but his that he got shitcanned lol

    Posted by sorrenity now | May 26, 2009, 19:49
  21. byron in wahroonga you obviously have no life

    Posted by campbell | May 26, 2009, 21:51
  22. I am a life long Labor voter and i cannot believe i am thinking this or worse saying this but clearly for Gay rights, vote Liberal!

    Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2009, 22:02
  23. Luke could you save your urges for your private life rather than the office. Maybe you could take some advice from Billett he tries DVDs (doesn’t impress anyone except himself) ..or alternatively Bob Brown might have you on his staff

    Posted by St David | May 27, 2009, 15:51
  24. As a former classmate of said Mr. Barnes, I would like to put it to the people of Wangaratta that we could have easily told you that he is all bluster and no substance and that this has nothing to do with his sexual orientation.

    Posted by Tweed Heads Moderate | March 24, 2010, 19:37


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