IS IT t true that the newly authorised Liberal candidate for Lyons is the well known identity, Hugh Bris?

Hugh Bris is a no-nonsense choice, recognised for his lack of subtlety in pressing the political point. If there is one word to define Mr Bris it is ‘pride’. Hugh is unashamedly - some say, shamelessly a John Howard disciple, believing passionately the small ‘l’ liberal principles. And of course Hugh’s so very proud to be a Tasmanian.

The State Liberal Party went into overdrive to elevate this excellent Lyons identity to centre-stage after their former candidate, Ben Quin quit over the weekend.

Unnamed reports are confirming that Hugh has the backing of some big hitters ‘behind the scenes’ in the Liberal hierarchy. And he’ll need to because there’s much face-saving to be done for Howard’s Way Liberal Party just weeks away from calling a general election. As well as pride for Liberal Party, of course.

On another topic it seems the ol’ Growler is again full frontal in the stage lights. A new play is on - ‘Back to the Future’ - Tasmania’s newest box office hit.

Nearly 20 years ago ‘the Whispering Bulldozer’, as he was so affectionately called, turned his talents to painting. Entitled ‘Robin Gray’s Nightmare’ it depicts a rather blurry scene of Salamanca Markets in a pastel wash with a none-too-subtle theme. 

Apparently ‘in his dreams’ Robin has been haunted by the ghastly apparition on Tasmania becoming a ‘tree huggers paradise’ where there would be no jobs, no mill, no paper, no lights and a just-stop-everything attitude.

And the evil gremlins that created Robin’s 20-year long nightmare - which incidentally, went to charity auction last weekend run by the Heart Foundation - are still apparently re-traumatizing his sleep even today! I hardly can bear to mention the gremlins by name, but I must.

It’s those nasty, jobless, haven’t-got-a-life, against-everything Greens!

Describing his nightmare canvass he splashed out at the end of his Emperorship of Tasmania - May 1982 to June 1989 - as, “I’ve never been subtle in my life.”

Some truthful words indeed from a man who has been holding onto this nightmare of resentment for a very long time. And we could all understand if Robin was just twenty years younger, he’d be standing in Lyons again! Against that cowardly Mr Quin. But that’s Hugh’s jobs now. Robin’s job now is on stage in ‘Back to the Future’.

Unconfirmed reports are that the bidding for the painting was very spirited and was finally knocked down to a gentleman with a gleeful smile on his face.

Henry Melville

And the evil gremlins that created Robin’s 20-year long nightmare - which incidentally, went to charity auction last weekend run by the Heart Foundation - are still apparently re-traumatizing his sleep even today! I hardly can bear to mention the gremlins by name, but I must.