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Frydenberg's medieval banquet obsession

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26.06.2019

It was 1992 and Monash University's Law Students' Society was headed by a charismatic 20-year-old with an easy smile, a thick mane and a slashing down-the-line backhand. LSS members, me included, called him Berger.

Eighteen years later he was the Honorable Josh Frydenberg MP, a rising star of Australian politics.

Now he is the country's treasurer - middle-aged and balding, but still emanating the same Boy Wonder sparkle he had at uni, when he proposed the staging of the High Table Banquet.

The banquet, he assured us, would be the most successful event in the society's history, thus ensuring its financial security for the foreseeable future. He said it would lure people from myriad backgrounds and ethnicities, creating a mass expression of the "new" Australia, while also being "serious fun, bitches".

(His use of the word "bitches", long before US culture popularised it, was hilarious. He would emphasise the word, and raise his hand for a high five.)

It's quite common for people to have a deep passion for those times.

Berger was confident the banquet would be remembered as part of the university's lore. Perhaps it would even become an annual cultural........

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