Politicians are usually at each other’s throats.
But at Brekky Central on Friday, Minister for Education Jason Clare and deputy leader of the opposition Sussan Ley shared a touching moment ahead of the Christmas break.
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Clearly feeling festive, Jason took a minute during the Sunrise broadcast to wish host Nat Barr and viewers a “Merry Christmas” during Hot Topics, before turning his attention to Sussan.
“I just want to wish you and all the viewers a very special Christmas. Merry Christmas to you too Sussan,” Jason said, clearly full of good cheer.
Minister for Education Jason Clare shocked viewers by wishing deputy leader of the Opposition Sussan Ley a ‘Merry Christmas’ during hot topics on Friday morning. Credit: Seven
“Oh, look at you two,” a surprised Nat interjected.
“Love is in the air,” Jason said smiling, playfully placing his hand on his heart.
“It’s the Christmas spirit,” Sussan shot back.
Both Nat and Sussan were taken aback by the unexpected gesture.
“He’s an old softie at heart,” an animated Nat added.
The trio were discussing a proposal that airline passengers be paid if flights are delayed for longer than three hours, in a European-style overhaul of the system.
While Jason tentatively agreed with the proposal, Sussan used the opportunity to ask that travellers be patient amid the annual Christmas rush this year.
Jason wished Nat Barr, Sunrise viewers and Sussan a ‘Merry Christmas’ during the broadcast. Credit: Seven
“This Christmas, I want to give a shout-out to all the hard-working staff at Qantas, who are working so incredibly hard to get us to where we need to be around the clock,” Sussan said.
“The check-in staff, flight attendants, those who handle your baggage — it’s a busy, tough time for them so please be patient. Our Qantas staff do an amazing job.”
Jason admitted he didn’t want to be “corny”, but it was important to remember it was a special time of year.
“It is Christmas and remember those scenes at the start and end of (the Christmas film) Love Actually, where you see people getting off the aeroplanes — it’s real footage,” he said.
“Those are the moments that happen at airports each and every Christmas and Sussan is absolutely right, these are special times of the year, people are doing a lot of work to get loved ones connected.”
Sussan went on to ask motorists to be sensible while on the road.
“I’m here in Griffith (in regional NSW) please everyone drive safely on the road,” Sussan said.
“Those in regional Australia who drive long distances, we just want you to get there.
“It doesn’t matter to your family or friends if you’re a bit late.
“Please be careful and be safe.”
Nat wrapped the segment up by saying it was a “great year”, even in the segment’s more heated moments.
“Merry Christmas to both of you,” she said.