I got an exclusive first run simulation of how Tony’s planned “Stop the boats” direct line to the navy would work. The idea is he’ll get a phone call from the navy to say yay or nay and then they turn ‘em on back. The notion’s been dubbed “boat phone” on twitter.
Here it is in action dear viewers.
And if that’s not making any sense:
and the scary movie rip off (probably better known):
There was some discussion about using a satellite phone Mr Conway had left with the party to summon help in the form of a helicopter from Kings Creek station.
As the light was fading, the chopper pilot wouldn’t be able to land but could drop some supplies.
“Beer, water, food and rugs. Especially beer,” quipped the Opposition Leader.
Just one problem with that plan.
No-one in the group could get the satellite phone to work.
After failing to make a voice call, Mr Abbott tried sending a text to the only mobile phone number he could remember, that of his press secretary Claire Kimball back in Canberra.
“WERELOSTNEARFOSSILCREEK” the text said. No one could work out the key on the sat-phone to put spaces between words.
It’s probably just as well for Ms Kimball’s peace of mind that this alarming text failed to transmit.
While the concept of the armed forces/navy calling the PM isn’t particularly novel, it makes for a good visual though.
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