“I’ve cleared it away. I’ve dealt with it. I’ve fixed it. I’m the fixer!”
Christopher Pyne did everything he could to shut down David Speers during this interview over the federal government’s backdown on a key plank of its higher education reforms. Pyne’s responses became farcical at times but Speers wasn’t diverted, further exposing Pyne’s hopeless position with every follow-up question. Good-natured but clinical, persistent but polite, Speers left Pyne with nowhere to hide. Thinking on his feet, a traditional broadcast skill that’s a rarity today, Speers pursued a relentless line of questioning. He never gets angry. Even as Pyne tries to intimidate him, Speers just keeps asking questions.