Welcome to the first in a new, very irreverent series. Given time, we hope it will become the first place you go to get behind all those discarded news items that just won't die. So, do continue on dear reader. Witness On the Pulse add its secret ingredients to those trite snippets of information that would otherwise not be published, and look for the laughs along the way.
Friday's are great aren't they? Just look at last Friday, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall doing the road trip thing, free as the breeze and calling in on a hospital here, and a hospital there. On the Pulse understands the trip went well, until it reached Glen Innes. Seems the car park at Glen Innes hospital was a tad full. What to do? Well, when you're a Minister (let alone two Ministers) it's an easy choice - just use the remaining disabled parking spot.
WHAT IT ALL MEANS
Oh, it's a funny old world isn't it? Just when you think you have a handle on it all, TV brings the vision of a swarm of AFP officers getting stuck into Australian journalists into your living room.
For On the Pulse, there were three things here. We need new media laws. Secondly, the coppers are not really to blame, their blood's just up. Lastly, you just know we're going to find out, sooner or later, that there's some politician, somewhere, for some reason who was behind it all.
So, what really is "it all"?
Give you a small example that doesn't involve the AFP (yet) and is closer to home.
Armidale's brand new Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority building (yes, a structure that just continues to give) has been open for more than a week. More importantly for some, Centrelink has relocated into the front of it, moved from the west end to the east of the mall.
On the Pulse wanted to do an article about all this. Take a few photos, speak to a few people, trot out the local guy (hello Barnaby) and do up a big, good news article for the supposedly non-political, highly independent agricultural department.
So, while some pollies eyed their used text messages with suspicion, senior APVMA public servants "concluded" a Federal Minister would bring the biggest fanfare, and give them time to move a few desks around while they wait.
To the guy who spoke to On The Pulse late on Friday night who specifically asked several times that his lengthy water management, climate change, political, scientific and religious theories not be quoted; your shyness is supported.