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Premier Jay Weatherill has a love for Medieval jousting and has finally accepted the premise of a question.

These were just a few of the revelations last night as Weatherill appeared on Radio Adelaide’s political flagship show The House of Review.

The Premier showed off an excellent but rarely seen sense of humour – making fun of himself and his ministers and playing along with the undergraduate jibes of the show’s four hosts.

Weatherill also gave a rare insight into a few political issues – why he rejects so many of journalist Sarah Martin’s premises, and his biggest supporter in cabinet (hint: it’s not who you’d expect).

Unfortunately the radio satire show hasn’t been able to secure an interview with busy Opposition Leader Steven Marshallyet.

You can listen to the whole show here, but InDaily’s also picked the best bits of the 15 minute interview:


Angus Randall: “Unfortunately the Climate Skeptics were unavailable, so instead Premier Jay Weatherill joins us.”

Harry Crawford: “Do you think that coming on this type of show is perhaps the best type of platform for South Australians to make an informed choice?”

Jay Weatherill: “Oh well I’ll speak to anyone. Anyone anywhere anytime. I’ve got this guy that’s at my gym, he barely even knows what I do. In fact on the day when I went to call the election he sort of said ‘oh so you got much on today?”


Chris Komorek: “Jay, you often tell journalists that you don’t accept their premise. What do you have against premises?”

Harry: “What have premises ever done to you?”

Premier: Laughter. “Well, a lot of them actually ask their questions with this sort of big assumption contained within it. Like, when did you stop beating your wife type question. Well I never started beating my wife, so this is what I mean by ‘don’t accept your premise’. But they’ve cottoned on to my tactic and now they make fun of me all the time”

Angus: “Do you use the same answer when your wife asks you to do the dishes?”

Jay: “This is a sore point because I should be doing more round the house. Now you’re freaking me out because you’re making me feel very guilty.”

Harry: “At least we know you don’t beat your wife”

Jay: “Exactly, that’s a start isn’t it?”


Angus: “We here at the House liked the strong side of you we did see during the Farrell issue. Have you considered utilizing that toughness, perhaps with cowboy hat and boots and a moustache?

Jay: “Most people say I’m quiet but I like to think I’m also determined. I can’t be what I’m not. I’m not a loud sort of guy but I know what’s important and I’m pretty determined to get my way and I’ll fight for things. But you’ve got to know when to fight and when to talk, and I think that’s the thing I bring to the role.


Angus: “Did you change the office passwords after the former Premier (Mike Rann) left, and if not might that explain your leaks?

Jay: “Yes I’d love to know what’s going on there. But look a lot of people come into contact with lots of bits of paper and you’ve got people that obviously [are] not all Labor supporters, and some people do the wrong thing and chuck their documents around. But who knows. You can get into a lot of trouble guessing about where these things come from because often you can be wrong”


Rupert: “Do you avoid Tom Koutsantonis’s gaze because you know he can smell fear?”

Jay: Long laughter. “Well Tom’s been a fantastic supporter of mine, he’s just a great warrior for our cause, one of the most passionate mining ministers I think we’ve ever had in this state. I was out with him again today and he’s just a fantastic spruiker for the state, and I don’t have a stronger supporter”

Angus: “Why is he so mad?”

Jay: “Yeah look he’s a fighter, he fights for what he believes in. he’s passionate. I think people love that passion. Tom’s really grown in the job.”


Harry: “You’ve been rocking the cream jacket and open shirt look recently.”

Jay: “Oh yes.”

Harry: “Is this a sign of a more open government or are you just relaxing your policy – I mean clothes?”

Jay: “When I started I was a 38-year-old minister and I probably dressed to look a little bit older. Now I’m sort of pushing 50 I’m basically dressing to look a little bit younger I suppose. I think it’s just probably vanity”

Angus: “So how many ties do you own, is it a whole cupboard?”

Jay: “Some have been retired because they don’t pass muster, they’ve become too fat, because now skinnier ties are seen to be in – or they’re the wrong colour. So there’s some perfectly good ties that could double as tablecloths.”

Chris: “There’s a bit of a movement going to bowties

Jay: “Oh”

Chris: “And suspenders”

Jay: “Yeah, no”

Chris: “Are you going to take a step in that direction?”

Jay: “No, absolutely not.”


Harry: “With Ivan Venning retiring, who do you plan to fill the crazy void with?”

Jay: “Yeah well that’s interesting isn’t it. Because Ivan was a character, there’s no doubt about that. But there have been a few characters. Pat Conlon’s a genuine eccentric. Who’s the craziest one there, I don’t know. The genuine eccentric in the house is Michael Atkinson. And he’d be proud of that.”


Chris: “What obscure sport would you bring to Adelaide? Perhaps curling?”

Harry: “Curling is a great sport”

Jay: “Yeah I don’t even know what you’re talking about. No, I think I’ve heard of curling.

Chris: “The ice and the brooms”

Jay: “Oh yeah where they sort of pretend to push it along. That’s weird. That’s very strange.”

Chris: “Probably not the climate for curling.”

Jay: “No I was thinking it’d have to be some sort of ice type sport wouldn’t it? It’d be like the Caribbean tobogganer, what was that movie?”

Angus: “Cool Runnings”

Jay: “Cool Runnings, yeah”

Angus: “Can we get a full answer here?”

Jay: “Look I can’t think of anything weird. Chess, maybe? Are we allowed to have chess?”

Harry: “Darts?

Jay: “Darts!”

Chris: “Long archery? Like a really long version?

Jay: “I know, no I’ve got one. Jousting!”

Hosts: “Ooooh!”

Chris: “Perhaps down King William?”

Jay: “Exactly”

Rupert: “Would you wave your handkerchief as the two knights rode in?”

Jay: “Absolutely. It could be dangerous, but exciting.”


Harry: “John Davis Music is holding an event where candidates perform and talk about music. Mark Parnell and his accordion are already locked in. Are you headed along?”

Jay: “Well you know I would have, but I just cut my fingernails. I would have played the Spanish Guitar which I do play.”

Angus: “What drew you to the instrument?”

Jay: “Well it was actually the flautist who I fancied. I wanted to actually study music so I could be closer to her.”

Angus: “You wanted to study, but not necessarily the music”

Jay: “That’s right. No it was seriously that, I was probably interested in music but I was particularly interested in her.”

Disclosure: Liam Mannix is an associate producer of the House of Review. He did not participate in the interview.

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