In the 1944 film Gaslight, Ingrid Bergman's character is driven mad by her husband, who toys with her perception of reality by secretly dimming their home's gas lights at random.
But Education Minister Christopher Pyne - a man who could power entire streets full of lamps, gas or otherwise, using the sole energy source of his ego - appears to be attempting the trick on a much larger scale.
Pyne is gaslighting the entire Australian population.
His array of positions on the Gonski education reforms is so dazzling it hurts the eyes.
During the election campaign, keen to neutralise the issue of education funding, he told voters that the Gonski model (and the Commonwealth cash attached to it) had no greater fan than the Coalition.
In this respect, the pre-election Tony Abbott said, Liberal and Labor were on a "unity ticket".
But once the poll results were in, the flames started to quiver, ever so slightly.
First, Pyne said the Howard government funding model - the one the Gonski review sought to overturn because it was "broken" - was actually "a good starting point".
Wait, hang on a minute ...
A day later, the minister crisply told ABC radio that he had never said the government would adopt the Howard funding model.
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