Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Now that's entertainment

While Ted Bailleu is getting knifed in the back by his entire party, the Western Australian opposition leader is going from strength to strength.

West Australian Opposition Leader Troy Buswell says there is "absolutely no substance" to reports he once did something inappropriate to a quokka, a small marsupial found on a holiday island off Perth.

Mr Buswell, who has admitted to sniffing the chair of a former Liberal party colleague and snapping the bra of a Labor staffer, was questioned on the rumours today while attending a press conference at Parliament House.

It followed his sacking from the frontbench yesterday of former leader Paul Omodei, who said recently there would be "more stories" to emerge about Mr Buswell and that his leadership would "die the death of a thousand cuts".

Asked if he had done anything inappropriate to a quokka, Mr Buswell replied: "No".

Asked if he was aware of any rumours about actions involving the small marsupials, which are indigenous to Rottnest Island, Mr Buswell said: "I have absolutely no idea about these stories of quokkas on Rottnest.

"I'm not being backward in saying that I'm not a perfect individual and you know I've had a robust past and there may be elements of that that have proved offensive to people.

"I don't shy away away from that at all, but I'm not aware that I've caused any offence to a quokka."

Asked how the rumours had started, Mr Buswell said: "I have no idea.

"I'm not going to comment on it. All I've heard is people use the word quokka and then smile and laugh.

"I'm just not interested to be honest with you."

He said none of his MPs had come to him to report the rumour.

"Members of the press have in passing mentioned the word quokka and suggested to me that something inappropriate in the past may have happened.

"Nothing has, absolutely nothing."

So, what have inappropriate things have you done to a Quokka.

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