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Robotic politicians like evil Daleks

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07.02.2020

To assist this week's column and to assist the nation (by enriching its vocabulary) I have invented a new word, porkbarrelate.

Our wickedest politicians can be likened to the callous, robotic Daleks from Doctor Who. Picture: Shutterstock

A verb, to porkbarrelate is to engage in the activity of pork-barrelling, an activity much on the national mind at the moment because of the Bridget McKenzie imbroglio. It is a long time since we have seen a federal government minister porkbarrelate to the extent and with the shameless gusto with which minister McKenzie, when sports minister, allocated the choice cuts of pork/sports grants in ways that favoured the re-election of the Morrison government. One might even say, if one was a smart arse, that hers was double-barrelled pork-barrelling.

More than ever, the analogy intensified by the Bridget McKenzie imbroglio, the nation's worst federal politicians remind us of the Daleks, the arch enemies of the good Doctor Who.

Everyone knows the Dalek's terrifying war cry is their rasped bellow of "Ex-ter-min-ate!" And so it has amused me, as I look at the eerie amoral similarity of the Daleks and the Morrison government, to imagine Morrison MPs going about their shady, voter-seducing........

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