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Oh, OK. Tree's up, Tony. Wow, it's a lot of, ah... Don't you think it's a little showy? What do you think? Don't think it's a bit big? You reckon? No, no. Have you seen the Treasurer's? It's huge. Is his...? mine's bigger than yours bizzo. Let's not get into that Oh... How big is it? BUZZER All right, well, let's keep it.

Yeah, no. After all it is... It is a great photo opportunity. I mean, Christmas... Yep. Sorry, guys, come in and frisk it. BEEPS Check it out. And it's 3-day trip? and then back via Darwin. Yep, overnight in Perth up till Christmas. Which pretty much takes us Not bad. How's Christmas looking? Carols by Candlelight. The PM's doing a live cross to He's not singing, is he? on Santa's progress. No, he's giving an update we've got Christmas at the Lodge, Then following morning

exchanging gifts. photos of him and the family Organised gifts? Yep. Oh, have you... with the needy. Then it's a Christmas lunch in Canberra? Where do you find the needy We're bussing them in from Cooma. to world leaders in the evening And then we've got Christmas calls Boxing Day cricket, and then following morning, dressing room with the team. official lunch, Good, good. It's filling up nicely. Oh, we had this idea, President to throw the first pitch? you know how they get the American

to bowl the first ball? How about we get the PM No. Have you seen him bowl? He could bowl the first no-ball. compliments of the season. Christmas greetings, Go on. It's a bit nothing that one. and a happy new year. And wishing you a merry Christmas It's comprehensive. That's good.

But maybe not for cabinet. Why's that?

The happy new year bit, we'll probably have a reshuffle. Oh, might end up being a bit ironic, mightn't it? Let's just go with Christmas greetings. Oh, and Diane the PM wants to add a personal message to each of them,

you know something from him, so can you do that as well? Sure. Just make a list of appropriate sentiments that he can select from and then he'll write them in. OK. OK. Thanks, Diane. January 2, we've got the PM on his family holiday. Where are they going this year? Happy for us to decide again. What do you know about the South Coast? It's really beautiful, very quiet. He wouldn't be disturbed there. Right, where else? I'll have a look at some possibilities. Got it.

OK, we're done? Yep. Thanks, Mel, good on you. Merv, have you got a minute? Yep. What? I've got a quiet January. OK. Isn't he on holiday?

His holiday's full up but he wants to return to work a week early. Why? He doesn't know yet, it's just a good look. Why doesn't he just stay on holiday? To do what? Relax, enjoy himself, have a holiday. But I haven't got anymore photo ops left. Right. Right. OK, I'm pretending. What are we talking about? Mel doesn't have any press planned for the back half of January. Oh, I get it.

And that's a bad thing? KNOCK ON DOOR Yeah, Phil. Sorry, Tony. These presents at the bottom of the tree, they're fake, are they? I think they would be fake, yeah. What's up, mate?

(Beeps) It's giving off a few beeps. Right. Might be the staples in the box though, something like that. I'll take them down to X-ray, anyway.

Yeah, be on the safe side. No worries, Phil. Thanks, mate. I just had a word with the Prime Minister. He loves the live cross to Carols by Candlelight.

Fantastic. He's not thinking of... He's not singing, no, he's giving an update on Santa's progress. Will we get the questions in advance? On Santa? Yeah, I just don't want him to get caught out,

you know, names of the reindeers, where Santa's sled is actually going to cross the Australian coast.

OK, I'll organise a briefing paper on that. Good. The PM had another thought too. If he moved the family's exchange of gifts to Christmas Eve, would that get the photos in the next day's paper? Probably would, I'll have a word with Mel. Great and he's looking forward to his holiday. Great. You know he's come back a week early? Yeah, what's that about? Might be just some sort of crisis that pops up that needs the captain back at the bridge. Good. Any idea what? He's happy for us to decide. The important thing is to get the great man back running the country. Happy new year, Opposition. MUSIC PLAYS I guess I was concentrating so much on keeping the PM busy during his holiday, I let those last two weeks slip. We'll fill them up. Shit. Relax, don't worry. Can we move something forward? Problem is this time of year everything's sort of locked away. What about the health initiative, the hospital waiting list thing? What is it? It's an urgent intervention to cut hospital waiting lists. Sounds perfect. We've moved it back to April. I thought it was urgent. Tony wants to tie it in with Anzac Day. First veteran to complain about his hip replacement, whack a mole. Just those last two weeks. How long have you known about this? Just now. A quiet January, that's unforgiveable.

How quiet? It's mainly the back half, but it is a little dead. That's less than six weeks away. It just kind of crept up on us.

The tinsel didn't send you some sort of message? Goodwill to all men. Funny in October, mate, not now.

There must be something we can go. Oh, for fuck's sake, this happened last year. That turned out all right. Yeah, thank god for the bushfires. January 14 last year, I was this close to lighting one myself. It's disappointing. Trust me, Ian, she's on to it. Yeah, but second time. You know what, that press office is in need of a major kick up the arse. I think it could be time. I don't want to go into the new year like this. I mean if we sack Mel now and four or five others, we could all go to Christmas feeling a whole lot better.

We are thinking of bringing something forward, shifting an announcement into late Jan. Yeah, I'd be careful about that. Everyone's away, it will look like we've acted without consulting anyone. Well, how's that different from business as usual? You can't make it obvious, mate. I mean you've got to at least pretend like you're consulting your minister. Have a bit of respect for them, alright? Sorry. You know, it's just unfortunately that part of Jan, it's just kind of a nothing time.

Still get the newspapers, still got the evening news and he's got more time to watch it. I mean if he's not in the first three stories two nights in a row, Lord help you. Sure.

Let's have a round table, get on to this. OK, then it's his first day in shorts, PM visiting local lifesaving club. So we're going to a beach? Yeah. Did I hear Eden? No, too far for the photographers to travel. Probably Batemans Bay, means the media can come from both Sydney and Canberra. Good. Bushfire prone? What? Keep going. OK, then depending on what order he wants, we've got sharing a meal at the pub, barbecue with the neighbours, visiting local market. And of course... Breaking his holiday to handle an emergency. Come back for the emergency and then what happens on January 14? Does he have to come back a week early? What else is he going to do, Merv? Can't he just have a holiday, catch up with friends? What friends? Yep. OK, no, two weeks out of a suit is as much as he can take,

I think we can agree on that. What about Australia Day? The lead up into Australia Day? Great, what about it? Can we do something with Australia Day? What do we do now? Well nothing, that's my point. I mean people just get drunk, go to barbecues, watch fireworks.

And do you think he can improve on that? So what are you saying? I think the PM gets kind of lost. He announces Australian of the year but it's not about him, we have this big ceremony, but it's mainly a concert.

So you're saying we hijack Australia Day? I'm wondering if the PM couldn't be more involved. MUSIC PLAYS Here's one here too. One there as well. What's happened? Oh, red baubles product recall. Lead paint? No, ascertain peroxide, it's setting off the explosives residue detector. Gentleman. Oh, Ian's got an update. Tony? Yeah. How are things between the PM and the Health Minister? A bit like that at the moment. Brief but cordial. OK. Your Australia Day idea. Yeah. PM loves it. Is excited and relieved. It was Mel's idea. Well, Santa saved her. Can't believe we haven't thought of it before. It's been staring us in the face. It's an interesting opportunity. We've got the whole nation at home, nothing to do but watch cricket and I mean if it's Sri Lanka. So do you think the PM would be happy to take on a bigger role? Are you kidding? Two thumbs up. Some greater prominence from the Prime Minister could serve to enhance the significance of the day. OK then, we'll put some ideas together. Why don't you have a word with the Australia Day Council? I reckon they'd have it pretty much planned out by now, though.

Have a word with them, I mean, they might be crying out for a bit of zhush, a bit of prime ministerial showbiz. Warren and I have been to the Australia Day Council. Good. The thing is about Australia Day,

it's always been policy across governments that Australia Day is not the time for, um, how do I put it? Not the time for personal grandstanding. No, that's not it. That's the term you used. That was in another context, Warren. It's just that it's not about governments, politicians, bureaucrats, you know, captains of industry, really, they get enough attention. And they get their awards in the morning. And that's not the point I'm trying to make here, Warren.

The point, the point is this is about the nation, about the people,

it's the people's day, therefore if there is any one person who's going to have prominence on this day it should be the... The Prime Minister. Australian of the year. Australian of the year. But if we were to look at a more active role for the Prime Minister. See that's the point, it's not required. He might attend a citizenship ceremony in the morning, but after that, he's free to celebrate in private. And well deserved. Alright, Australia Day. Flags. Flags is good. Picnics. Ned Kelly. Vegemite. Just sit down. This is giving me a headache. Let's get back to basics. What does Australia Day represent? Well, it's the day that Captain Cook first arrived in Australia. It wasn't Captain Cook, it was the First Fleet. Was it? I thought it was Captain Cook? Who did Australian history? Merv? American. You? Italian renaissance. Did you study Australian history? Prerevolutionary Russian.

Josh. British. We could Google it. Am I the only person here who studied Australian history? Let's just assume Australia Day is important, alright, what if he gave a speech, a big spirit of Australia type thing? It sounds dull. Someone at a desk banging on about drought and mateship. Forget the desk, what if he does it in front of a big Australian icon? Like the Opera House. A bit Sydney. But from the steps. Bit Idol. What I'm after is like an impromptu vibe. What do you call it? Photo journalistic. Photo journalistic, that's it, so he's not even aware that he's being photographed. That's it, just like... Morning, Tony. Oh, g'day, guys, come on through, come on, just setting up for the PM. So what have we got on for the meeting this morning, guys? Not a great deal I have to say, sir, it's all winding down now. Yep, end of the year now, isn't it? I must say I'm looking forward to that Christmas party. So's the PM, having it at the Lodge and all. That's a lovely gesture. Got a lovely card from the PM today. Did you?

Yeah, not just Merry Christmas, you know, really personal message. Mentioned our win in the interdepartmental hockey tournament. How does he even know about that? No idea, Philip. Diane was the only one I told. Really?

Yet he was - God, he's got his radar up, doesn't he? Doesn't he, doesn't he? Do you know what I love? A surprise, like when you don't expect him to be where he is. You mean like a surprise visit? Like any surprise. Like Afghanistan or East Timor. I think the flak jacket Hercules look has kind of been done. Where else do we have a lot of Aussies? Balinese prisons. Like, officially stationed. Whoa, hang on. Just wait a minute. Did you put something in his coffee? I've got it. A surprise trip to... What? Made in Taiwan. No, Antarctica. It's Australian territory. Is it? Has no-one here studied Australian history?

No, and that's geography by the way. We've got bases there. The PM could pay a surprise visit. Yeah, but why's he going there? Why does anyone goes to Antarctica? Good question. Actually would he be the first Australian PM to visit Antarctica? This is interesting. Harold Holt might have floated past. How are my jokes going to work if no-one understands Australian history?

So he visits the base, on Australia Day? Yep. And it's a surprise visit. Which we can beam back for the news. Does he take anyone else with him? Australian of the year? I think he's had his day, hasn't he? Isn't that Australia Day? Now it's the evening before, I mean technically... I think this trip could be a great news story. Hey, I love the idea. Barbecue... You know what? We could get someone from the base to sing the national anthem. Could he make some sort of announcement? Yes, he could announce increased funding in something. Antarctica, there's bound to be something that needs funding. What do they do down there?

Don't really know. Mel, do you know? No. Merv?

No idea. TV: The scientists are starting with the basics, looking at the water's temperature, oxygen and salinity.

They're hoping their work will help them measure the impact of future changes here.

How we going? Anything? It's a bit dull. What does that mean? A lot of them seem to collect algae. They must do something else. Apart from growing beards? What we need is

something that fits into sort of the grand narrative of Australia Day, do you know what I mean? Something that captures the history of the region that we know and love so well. That's Argentina's bit. Is it? That we know... Chile's bit. Where's our bit? Over here. Oh, that we know and love.

I know what, we could help repair that hut. What hut? You know, Dawson's hut. Not Dawson's. He had a donkey.

That's Simpson. Who am I thinking of? Smokey Dawson. Lawson. The bowler? No, Henry Lawson's hut. Mawson's. Can I do a brief? Do that. And just remind me, where's the Australian bit again? MUSIC PLAYS Ho, ho, ho. Hello, Santa. I must say your decorations put our department's to shame. Holly? Yep, go on through. Thanks.

Hello, Merv. Oh Phil, hello, Warren. Now, Ian's just given us the heads up on this Antarctica trip. You realise we're keeping it a surprise? Absolutely. The department is in lockdown. Just a very (whistles) low-key visit. Cool. Sit down. Thank you, thank you. What an extraordinary gesture. He continues to amaze.

He's a man who could be relaxing at home enjoying a quiet Australia Day barbecue. Break from the limelight. But he gives up his time to visit our scientists. He doesn't let up. He doesn't. Actually if I could just make a personal observation here, Merv. Just watch Mel on this one. She's inclined sometimes to turn these trips into a, what's the phrase? Media circus is what you normally say. Not a circus, thank you, Warren. Just a bit overdone. I think I know how he'd want this one played. How's that? Low key. I must say we're all very excited that the Prime Minister is so personally interested in our work. Oh, he's always had an interest in the Arctic. Antarctic. Antarctic, sorry. Sorry, where does Santa Claus come from? That's the North Pole. Arctic, of course it is. Just grab the couch there. Can you let Mel know? I think we've got Santa Claus coming in via Hobart and that won't make sense.

You asked me to come up with a list of some equipment. That's right. Cool, let's hear it. Folks at Davis base could do with a new glycol tank. As in... Refrigeration system.

You need something in Antarctica to help keep things cold? No, no, more of an industrial type. What else have you got? Electrical generators, ventilation system and there's even talk of installing a new VFH repeater. Nothing sort of lifesaving and emergency?

No, we don't really deal with lifesaving work down there.

What do you do down there? Science, mainly. I've got people studying moss, krill distribution. Anything interesting though? We think that's pretty interesting. Sure, I didn't mean it like that. More relevant. For the layman. The PM is looking to help achieve something down there. How about calling on Japan to cease whaling?

He could also cut funding to the... Understood. OK. But how about we do a little ring around, you know, ring Casey. Davis. And Dawson's Creek. Mawson's.

Mawson's Creek, sorry, and just come up with a list of other things that we might - what's top of the list?

Well the folks at Casey could really use a new ablution system. Is that more the kind of thing you had in mind? Ablutions? A toilet. Thank you very much, mate, you're right to see yourself out? Yep, no problem. You know your way around. Thanks again, we'll be in touch. A dunny. Yep. He wants the Prime Minister to fly all the way down to Antarctica to personally deliver a dunny? Well it's not just a dunny, it's a diesel-fuelled incinerator toilet system. Oh, good, so it's a dunny that needs an emissions trading permit.

It's not going to happen. What about Lawson's hut? Mawson's. Mawson's, what about Mawson's hut? It turns out it's already been restored. But we can add to it, a bunk room. It's not Domestic Blitz. We need something, Merv.

Can't he just visit? What for? Buck up the troops. They're not being shot at, they're looking at algae. They don't need bucking up. They need a toilet. They're not going to get one, they can just hold on. So he can't just visit? No, he needs a good reason to go.

You know what, why don't you go down there? Me?

Yeah, you said there's regular flights, hop on the next one, get down there. I can't just roll up, I'm an adviser. From the Prime Minister's office. I'd like to stay in the Prime Minister's office. Philip's in on the loop, get someone to go with you, he'll have a suggestion. You want me to go to Antarctica? Go down to Antarctica. Welcome to Casey. Thank you, commander.

Oh, please, no formalities. Call me Jeff. Philip, Philip Cottesloe, Department of PM&C. Merv, he's policy unit. What a magnificent place, commander. Yeah, yeah, it's beautiful, isn't it? Jeff, can I ask a silly question? Where's Mawson's hut? Oh, that's not a silly question. No, it's over there. Where? Directly over that hill. How far over?

Well, I'd say about 1,200 kilometres as the crow flies. Are there any other huts? Sorry, Tony. Yep? This is a bit delicate but is the Defence Minister likely to be the Defence Minister by February?

Possibly not. Just best wishes then. Yeah, I think so, yep. There's about 200, I think. That's new, that's new. The emergency gas. We're so excited about this visit.

Ready to roll out the red carpet. So you were saying, what is it, Mawson's... Over here? So Jeff, tell us about this ice coring device that you've asked for. As the name implies, it drills ice core samples and we use this to plot climate change and measure the CO2 levels. And if the Prime Minister were to deliver one to you? This place would be over the moon and if it came by Australia Day, we could do so much more before winter.

I'm just thinking in terms of the television coverage, could the PM say start it up for the cameras? Well it's got to be installed first, you know, I mean block mounted, it's quite a process. Could he turn it on? In the ice? Could he cut a ribbon? Let's not forget whey the PM's coming here - to honour Australians working for Australia on Australia Day.

Yep. Shouldn't they be the focus? Well, the gallery love it. Love what? The Antarctic visit. Turns out they all had quiet Januarys as well. I thought it was a surprise? Well they have to plan ahead too. Oh, I just spoke to Merv, the numbers on the plane could be an issue. How many can at they take? Like 35, 40 tops. I've promised 60. Well I don't think it can take 60. You seriously want to tell Mel and Koshie their live weather cross is off? Get him on the phone. Tone, can you hear me?

Loud and clear, over. Well we're at the base. It looks good.

That's good, that's great. And what's this machine they're looking to get? It's called an ice coring drill. Great, and it's all looking good for the, you know what? What? You know, the surprise visit? Oh yeah, no, they're all very excited. You told them? Well we can't just roll up here unannounced. Wasn't that the idea? It was a surprise visit. They know how to look surprised, don't worry.

Oh, crikey. The press know, everyone down there knows, does anyone not know? Have you mentioned it to the PM? Oh, shit. Oh, how did you go? Good, fine, they're very excited. Actually Jeff and I have just been chatting. How's this for an idea, Merv - Antarctic cricket. Basically we grade a pitch out front and if the weather holds well we with can have a bit of a hit.

Great for the cameras. Sure. Maybe the Prime Minister could toss a few balls down. No, no. So what do we tell the PM, PM it's pine wilt disease? Yeah, quarantine guys picked it up. Did they? Will you remember that? Mm. But we can still use the photos? Oh sure. That's the real deal, mate, so keep them. And check this out. This is not what I wore. This is what I wore under what I wore. And do you sleep in this? No, they've got - like it's a base, you sleep in the base. Sorry, everyone, sorry I'm late. Let's get on with this. OK. This is just a first pass open to suggestions. OK, let's hear it, Mel. PM takes off from Hobart, 0400 hours. Oh, we're using a 24-hour clock. It's a chartered air bus 319, Polar 1. Oh, love it. Mel, sorry to interrupt. It says here on the schedule on the plane interviews PM's impressions of Antarctica.

Well he hasn't got there yet.

Well he won't have enough time to develop impressions when he get there's so we'll distribute a few. They're pre-impressions, Merv. We all know what he's going to think - it's big, it's wide, it's barren. Keep going. Touch down on 0630, snow mobile to the base. Excuse me, Mel, will it be light yet? Holly, have a think. Yeah. Antarctica. Summer. Yeah? 24-hour sunlight. Oh, because there goes to fireworks.

You can't see them, can you? No. We'll throw in some pre-recorded shots or something. That's fine, keep going, Mel. We arrive just on 0800 hours with the ice coring machine. Oh, good. Sorry, Mel, you know how big an ice coring drill is? Sort of like this. It's half the size of this room. They weigh 3 tonnes. How we going to fit it on the plane? Leave a few journos behind. We can't do that.

You know what? We'll leave it behind.

What? We'll send it down on a later flight. So we give them a gift voucher? Gift voucher for an ice coring machine, that's a really good suggestion. OK, PM's steps inside the hut and says "Sorry, folks, got room for one more lunch guest? Ta-da." I don't know if the PM's quite a ta-da kind of guy, anyway. Really? I got tingles. Then shots of everyone having lunch. Breakfast. Brunch.

PM mingling and then he pops over to Mawson's hut to lay a plaque. Mel, that's 1,200 kilometres away. We may have to cancel that. No, we'll throw in some pre-recorded shots. That's OK, we can put a plaque somewhere. Why are you looking like that? Well, we're not taking the Australian of the year. No. We're not taking the ice coring drill. No. We're not going to Mawson's hut. Yeah. So what are we going for? Lunch. Brunch. Brunch. And a surprise visit. They know we're coming and we're delivering a plaque. Plus the gift voucher for an ice coring machine. I mean, happy Australia Day.

Oh well, I tell you what, the Canberra weather bureau might be I for a funding cut next year, hey? Anyway, this is the antidote. Oh well, end of another year, Tony. Another year, Ian. And I got you a little something. Oh, you didn't need to do that, thank you. Don't open it until - No, no I won't. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas to you too. I must get another one. Yeah, fill up. Diane, I need you to get another present. OK, same price range I got for Ian? Did you get this? Yeah. Yeah. How much was it? Well it's between $85 and $125. Well make it $80. Why did the departmental secretary cross the road?

You've told us this one. Really? Have I? Oh, that's disappointing. Oh Philip. Warren, good, alright now wait for this one. How many heads of department does it take the change a light bulb? BOTH: None. They delegate. Tony, is the PM coming? Yeah, no, he had another photo commitment but he's going to try. Sure. To get here. Hey, how do you reckon Nick's travelling this year? I think he's doing really well. Is he? No need for a review? Not at all. OK, so we go into the year - With Nick. OK, alright.

I tell you the period I really like is pre-federation, you know that part that comes after the gold rush but just before the Boar War, did you like that period? Theo, I said I studied Australian history, I didn't say I was interested in it. What about you, Warren, did you like that period? Loved it.

Hey everybody. Sorry, Merv, how do you pronounce his name? (WHISPERS) Right. We just call her Van. Now you tell me. (Banging on glass) Everybody, a little shush shush, Tony. Thank you, Philip. Ladies and gentlemen, the Prime Minister... (All cheer) ..was unable to make it today, sadly. He's been called away. Yeah, no, he did his best but he did send through his Christmas card though. I'll read it to you. "To all at the Central Policy Unit, thank you for another year of dedication, hard work and commitment to this government." My - sorry, I can't read your writing there, Holly. Heartfelt thanks. "My heart felt thanks, the Prime Minister." Nice of the PM to get us all a present. Yep. Your choice. Yep, down under, a bit of an Australian theme.

You know Bill Bryce is an American? Is he? Yeah. The weather channel got it right. RUC. Do you watch the weather channel? No, no, actually I don't. Oh, you should. Diane. It's very informing. They've got new graphics now, a lot more interesting now. Is that right? Pretty about the weather but good to get out of the office.

Yeah, a bit of fresh air, relax. Not talk shop. Yeah. Did you see Newspoll? Yeah, a good way to go into the Christmas. 3 points up. Not having a wine? Water. Yes, I noticed that. H2O for me. You know actually I can do this and get some more water. There you go, you see. In fact - Look, I've got my own glass of water.

Your own supply. I could always water mine down if it was a bit, you know, there it is. It's not as funny as that. No, it probably wasn't. I don't think it's going to let up, Mel. Mm. Well done with that Australia Day thing. I think that's going to be big. Thanks, Tony. What's the matter? February's looking a little bit thin. A bit thin? Yep. February? Just excuse me for a sec. What did you get him? Nothing. Prime Minister, how are you? Prime Minister.

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