Deputy Leader, Baillieu confidante and senior Victorian minister Louise Asher slept through the ridiculously loud bells that ring in every corner of the Parliament precinct when a division was called late last night.
Her press factotum issued this succinct statement:
Comment made by the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party – Minister Louise
"I regret. I apologise. I fell asleep and I have taken measures to
ensure that it won’t happen again."
Members of the VEXNEWS Investigations Unit though just wonâ€™t put the issue to bed so quietly though.
More than one has speculated that in order for any fast-asleep individual to continue snoozing through those bells that they must be:
â– Suffering from a severe medical condition, possibly including nerve deafness or inebriation on a massive scale;
â– Guilty of interfering with the bells in their office (not allowed);
â– Medicated with hard-hitting sleeping tablets;
â– In congress with a constituent; or
â– Not being present in the building at the time.
The possibility of sleeping through those bells, when in a normal state, has been almost completely ruled out by embedded VEXNEWS investigators. Given past behaviour, some have been inclined to back the inebriation option. There is no evidence at this stage to support that contention.
It caps off a distracting week for the government, with the equal opportunity bill having to be re-voted on after another minister missed a division and Minister Asherâ€™s Film Victoria hierarchy being exposed by the Herald Sun and hard-grafting Labor front-bencher Martin Pakula for hosting an obscenely extravagant $50,000 farewell ego-orgy for its departing CEO (complete with $10K video commemorating her hitherto uncelebrated service).