TRANSCRIPT - The Ray Hadley Show on 2GB
with Ray Hadley
21 January 2016
E & OE
Senator, good morning.
Ray how are you?
I was doing a story about 45 minutes ago about beards. I return every holiday
from the summer break with either a full beard or a goatee which lasts until
usually Australia Day when I work and then the next day I’ll get rid of it. Now
I was questioning your beard. Now I don’t mean to be offensive. But you look
like one of Queen Victoria’s sons or grandsons. You look like something left
over from 1910 with that growth of yours and I’m a bit envious, because mine is
a bit more like Wyatt Roy’s. Not really visible if you know what I
Yeah, I do. I’m glad it worked because I was really going for the Cossack
don’t you wear a fur hat next time you’re on Sky then you’d have the look
The thing with the beard that I have at the moment is it doesn’t matter which
way I’m up, you can’t really tell.
Well someone suggested to me
it looks like you got your head on upside-down.
that’s right it does. But I think it was important to show what a real beard
looks like. I mean Sam Dastyari, that was not a beard. Chris Bowen, nice try.
Ed Husic, he’s barely getting started.
Well one of the things I
noted from him, because he’s younger than me. I think he’s had a little bit of
laser. You know how the young blokes get the fine line around the bottom of the
chin. A bit of laser treatment so it’s really clean cut.
It’s too clean. If you are going to have a beard, it’s got to be a real beard.
I don’t know what it is about the Labor guys, but they just can’t grow them. I
mean we’ve got some good ones on our side. Like my colleague Rowan Ramsey in
South Australia. Nigel Scullion, the Indigenous Affairs Minister. He’s got a
good one. But what I wouldn’t mind seeing actually, is our economics team
having a crack at one. Scomo, Mathias...
Morrison with a beard?
I don’t know that the Government can afford to have the Treasurer with a
beard to be perfectly honest. It’s bad enough you’ve got the Minister for
Communications looking a Russian Cossack or Prince Edward V or something.
I’ve got an excuse though Ray. I am the Arts Minister as well.
course! Barry Jones, that’s who you look like!
That’s right, but I think the ultimate beard really was Dick Adams from
Tasmania when he was in the Parliament.
How long is yours going to
last? When’s it going?
It’s still a subject of great debate and discussion. I’ve asked
for feedback on Facebook. Should I keep it, or should it go? My partner
loves beards so she has more votes than most. So look it’ll be a case of watch
this space Ray.
May I suggest to you that a whipper snipper may be required
when you decide to get rid of it? I don’t think there’s been a razor blade
invented that will get through that forest.
I think I’ll need to deploy some industrial tools should
that day come.
Do it in stages. It’ll be like the BER. Stage 1, stage 2, stage 3 although it
doesn’t cost as much.
That’s right I’ll tell my
office to block out a couple of days.
Anyway you’re not going to muck around. If you’re going to grow a beard you
need to grow one like Mitch Fifield. And it’s an absolute corker. But as I say,
you probably wouldn’t be old enough to remember a bloke that appeared on
Channel 7, on a children’s show called Captain Fortune.
Now I’d like your staff to Google Captain Fortune, there’s a photo existing of
him. If you could get a hat on like a sea fairing type hat. You’re like a dead
ringer for Captain Fortune. So either you’re looking like a child or grandchild
of Queen Victoria, you think you look like a Russian Cossack, and now Captain
Fortune enters the debate.
Well the ultimate benchmark, of course, is Grizzly Adams.
Now you are showing your age. Grizzlies were a few years ago. Alright then, so
did I get a concession there that it’s going sometime in January? Or is it
going to stay?
It’s still an open verdict Ray. I’m taking submissions.
So stay tuned.
Well I’m coming down to Canberra I think on February 3 to a forum that you may
well be at for the radio industry.
Yeah, I’ll be there.
Okay, well I’ll look forward to it disappearing sometime between now and
February 3 and I’ll be clean shaven as well okay?
We’ll make sure we’ll be clean and nice.
Okay, thanks Senator.
the best. The man with the best beard in Federal Parliament, Senator Mitch
Fifield. The Minister for Communications and as he pointed out, the Arts as
well. He’s looking rather arty.
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