It's been a rocky road for Australian politics with another year of drama, intrigue and instability. Does make you wonder if there are any politicians that can be counted on. Thank goodness that veteran political journalist, Annabel Crabb, is back to seek out the most fascinating people in Federal Parliament and force them to eat cake even if they really don’t want cake.
From a dragway in regional Victoria, to remote parts of Kakadu and the wildest, most inhospitable place of all – Canberra – Annabel travels the country in search of a good meal and an insight into the life of the curious creature that is the Australian politician.
Scott Morrison cooks a Sri Lankan fish curry and opens up about his childhood acting career, his faith and reflections on his time as Immigration Minister. Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator Ricky Muir takes Annabel for a ride in two vehicles (one bumpy, one fast) and talks about his unexpected rise to political prominence. Senator Richard Di Natale, Leader of the Greens, invites Annabel to his off-the-grid farm and makes nearly every element of his meal from scratch, including the pizza oven. Gold medal Olympian Nova Peris takes Annabel to her family’s country nestled in beautiful Kakadu, where they cook by a campfire, eat by a billabong teeming with crocodiles and discuss Senator Peris’ life to date.
And in a Kitchen Cabinet first, at a Chinese restaurant in Canberra deemed neutral territory, Annabel hosts a bi-partisan lunch with Liberal Minister Christopher Pyne and Labor MP Anthony Albanese.
“It’s been a great year. Though I feel I owe an apology to the family of the goose I plucked in Kakadu. Also, the neighbours of the drag track I went to with Ricky Muir; I hope they weren’t trying to have a snooze or anything,” Annabel said.
Fortunately, none of Annabel’s guests has taken advantage of former PM Tony Abbott’s top-level endorsement earlier this year of serving onions whole and raw!
Kitchen Cabinet series 5 premieres on Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm on ABC Television. Join the conversation using the hash tag #KitchenCabinet
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