Sleeping with the enemy! A drunken folly!

Good morning all. We leave Federal politics for a while and cast our eyes towards the distant state of WA. Patricia has sent a poem and commentary about her State Treasurer, that fine custodian of moral virtue Troy Buswell. I hope you enjoy her narrative as much as I did.

We learn from breaking news in WA
Sleeping with the enemy does not pay.
Since two ill famed lovers’ recent parting
One of them still is badly smarting.
That’s clear as we hear the details from Adele
Of yet more drunken folly by Troy Buswell.
She seems not driven by this man’s rejection
So much as treachery in our state election.

Remember how this Green MP went to bed,
Not with an honest Labor party red,
But with a Liberal of repute so ‘blue’
At first no one believed the story true?
Then she confessed to her affaire
With Perth’s chair sniffer extraordinaire
Of  course, the man was by his Party retained;
Without him government could not be gained.

Her team?  They would have expelled the woman, Carles.
There was lots of anger, commentary and snarls.
But she turned Independent, ran for cover,
And supported the party of her lover,
In an open agreement guaranteeing supply
Allegedly with a secret clause whereby
For thus giving them now the upper hand
In future against her the Liberals would not stand.

That all happened in two thousand and ten,
There have been many developments since then.
ALP’s McGurk looks to win Fremantle
Now the Libs are running too and have dismantled
That much earlier commitment to Adele.
Unsurprisingly she’s willing now to tell
About the drunken escapades of her ex
Which reveal such odd proclivities in sex.

Barnett brushes aside as Labor’s ploy
This gossip around his ‘larrikin’ Treasurer Troy.
But tales have emerged about the  ‘naughty boy’
So often that this time they really could destroy
All hopes for his government’s re-election.
Will this cause politicians some reflection,
Have them approach with more circumspection
With whom they sleep, confide in and trade affection?

NOTES: Troy Buswell, the scandal prone Treasure of WA is in the news again  – for something he did over a year ago! It must be the silly season with no other colorful stories to report but even the Australian last weekend featured a story which appears written for our Sunday Times about Treasurer Troy Buswell’s drunken ‘dry-humping’ of a prominent Perth businessman over a year ago. The Sunday Times and the West have followed it up with comment from Premier Barnett defending his Minister from calls by Labor for him to be sacked. Yes, it is disappointing to hear about this, we read, but it happened over a year ago, at a private party, and will not mean he’ll lose his job. After all, said Barnett of his friend and minister…..

“….. Troy, you know, he is described as a larrikin, he lives life on the edge a little bit but he is also a caring and compassionate person”

Barnett also queries the version of events as told by Adele Carles, the Independent MP for Fremantle, who has only now emerged to tell what she saw of it all when she and now ex lover Troy were still living together. She features prominently in the reports in print, on line and again in a headline TV interview on ABC News where she confirms the dry humping episode which seems to have been a factor in their break up. It is indeed a bizarre tale but it follows other reported examples of bizarre behaviour by the State Treasurer in the past such bra snapping and chair sniffing. Typically of Liberals we are seeing a shooting of the messenger as Carles is discredited and depicted as unreliable and emotional. Troy is the victim here!

Labor has already done its best to remind the public of Buswell’s unsuitability for public office and particularly the awful possibility that he could succeed Colin Barnett as Premier now that their main talent, Christian Porter, has resigned to seek Federal pre-selection. They’ve warned WA voters not to be fooled by his party’s efforts to rehabilitate his image for the electorate, but voters in his seat of Vasse seem determinedly loyal to him.

When I first wrote here at Cafe Whispers about the unlikely affair between Carles and Buswell when it was revealed and characterised it as “Sleeping With The Enemy” Sue commented…….

It will be an interesting seat to follow at the next state election.

How right she was!

17 comments on “Sleeping with the enemy! A drunken folly!

  1. New stink kicked up over chair sniffer

    Sydney Morning Herald, 6 May 2008

    The woman at the centre of the seat-sniffing scandal involving West Australian Opposition Leader Troy Buswell says he writhed in mock sexual pleasure during the incident.

    The woman, who remains unnamed, told The West Australian newspaper that Mr Buswell sniffed her chair twice within 10 minutes, while groaning and making “sexually satisfying noises”.

    Mr Buswell has admitted sniffing the seat of the Liberal female staffer in an office at Perth’s Parliament House in October 2005.

    He yesterday survived a Liberal party room move to dump him in the wake of the scandal.


    “We finished the meeting [with a constituent]. I walked the bloke downstairs and out of Parliament and when I got back I walked into the room to pick up my notepad from the desk and Buswell started grabbing the chairs going ‘Aahww, which one did you sit in? I’ll be able to tell,’ ” she said.

    “And then he picked them up and started sniffing them and groaning and making sexually satisfying noises. I went: ‘You’re sick, knock it off’, and grabbed my staff and walked out, but he didn’t pay attention to a word I said.”


    “Buswell opened the door really wide, grabbed a chair and started sniffing it, lifted it above his head sniffing it and breathing in, going ‘aaww yeah’,” the woman said.

    “It was awful. My colleagues, the four men I worked with, were just stunned into silence.”

  2. The media are always going on about how labor and the greens are joined at the hip. Well as Adele and Troy in the West have shown that is not so, while at the federal scene Tony and Christine have voted together more often than not.

    Troy and Adele now being into defamation squabbles should offer more gems for pomes.

    Tony and Christine will be trying to look more unalike hoping the electorate have forgotten how often they have voted together.

  3. “Sleeping with the enemy” should also apply to media after the Slipper judgement today!!!

    I hope that Steve Lewis fronts the press today!!!!!!!

    Congratulations to Independent Australia for the FACTS

  4. Where does this place the legal opinions of Brandis. Agree with Roxon needs to be questioned.

    voyager, the above has nothing to do with sleeping together. It has with the ex partner saying he has a drinking and behavior problems. Which appears very obvious.

    voyager, you appear to have big problems with the sexual and relationship of Labor women politicians. Those of the Opposition, do not seem to worry you. Like locking a old man away from his family, to ensure you are the only one that benefits from his will. Lock him up, after you marry and have some babies. You have no problems with the sexual life of the shadow FM.

    voyager, I suggest, maybe you should get yourself a life.

    No problem with labor men thought. Mr, Hawke’s love life must past muster withy you.

    voyager, you have no idea of the state of any of these marriages. Have not heard the wives complain.

  5. I see that Buswell has decided to sue Adele Carles for defamation. I guess it could shut her up, which is what she thinks he is trying to do. It may do while due process is followed, but what happens if he gets a bad result, as Ashby and Brough now have in their case against Slipper? Thrown out as an abuse of process! Barnett and Buswell have been standing in front of cameras and microphones in the last few days saying that her version of events at that dinner were not correct. Is that the same as calling her a liar?

    Or doesn’t his now suing her for defamation invite due consideration by a court about which of them is more credible when it comes to his reputation for having a problem with alcohol and mental health issues? Before her involvement with him Carles was a solid Freo mum and greenie. She still takes her kids to school down the road from me. People who know her were surprised at the affair, but still thought it a pity the Greens reacted so judgementally and pushed her out of the party. She is not known for lying.

    Whereas he has a notorious reputation based on his ventures into bra snapping, chair sniffing and potential party donorhumping. If young Christian, their only other front bencher who can count, had not defected east would the Liberals seriously be defending Buswell this time around? He’s had at least two second chances. This makes a third. How is a judge likely to see that?

  6. “the Greens reacted so judgementally”?, I dunno Patriciawa, I think the Greens were the only person/group to act honourably in this whole saga. Her constituents derserved better.

  7. Retrospectively it may look that way, but I think our Adele was carried away by just one of those things and did naively believe that she could be both everything she wanted, and all things to all people – Troy’s lover, member for Fremantle and Green. Well she was certain that last, wasn’t she!

    I still think her party might have managed her better. Particularly with such a fine balance of power in the lower house.

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