A number of Australian politicians have been caught out speaking frankly in leaked audio over the past few months.
Last month it was a leak revealing prime minister Malcolm Turnbull mocking US president Donald Trump at what he thought was a private event, closed to the media.
Last week is was defence industry minister Christopher Pyne saying same-sex marriage could be legalised in Australia “sooner than everyone thinks” during a federal Liberal Council dinner.
Now, former prime minister Tony Abbott has been caught slagging off the current Liberal leadership in speech to conservative Liberals on Monday night, saying “we’re at a bit of a low ebb”.
While the first two incidents attracted controversy initially, it appears “leak fatigue” may be starting to set in. Basically, no-one cares.
Franz Krüger, adjunct professor of journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand has written about such situations, and how audiences “will switch off” if this type of thing happens too often.
“Journalists need to be alive to that possibility, and avoid getting too taken up by their own interests and passions to notice that ordinary audiences sometimes have different priorities,” he writes.
“The risk is simply that audiences will lose interest, particularly if a perception develops that a story is being milked beyond what is relevant or interesting. The stories chosen need to be significant.”
In a day and age where it is getting harder and harder to get the younger generations enthused about political parties, and what’s happening in Canberra, stories on leaks can have a numbing effect, and can potentially make what may be an important issue mundane.
Here’s what a few people on Twitter are saying about the latest leak.
@TonyAbbottMHR You don't care about your Country or it's people. You are too concerned with your Abbott Legacy which was a total flop.
— Philip Lemmer (@PhilipLemmer) July 5, 2017
They are past help….but what's the alternative?
— John Veivers (@jveivers) July 5, 2017
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