Greg Hunt, the minister responsible for carbon emissions, often wears about him the haunted look of a boy who might have been bullied at school and is over keen to take it out on a cruel world.
Whatever it is, he's overdoing it.
"We don't care whether we sit Christmas Day, Boxing Day [or] New Year's Day," he declared on Tuesday.
Mr Hunt, of course, so regularly taunted himself by unfeeling opposition MPs, was trying to turn the tables, accusing them of being unwilling to face up to the business of debating and repealing their carbon tax.
"The opposition of Australia now has a policy of go slow, go home and watch the cricket," he jeered on Tuesday.
"The Australian people expect the Senate to turn up to work."
On Christmas Day?Mr Hunt might be advised to meditate on the knowledge that the last time a Westminster-style parliament sat on Christmas Day was in 1656. It didn't end well.
Oliver Cromwell - the thin-lipped Puritan who had very likely been bullied at school himself before assuming the grand title of First Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland - demanded that his Protectorate Parliament spend Christmas Day 1656 discussing a bill to outlaw Christmas Day celebrations.
Cromwell wasn't forgiven. After being buried in 1658, Cromwell's corpse was dug up, hung in chains and had its head removed.
Hunt might well risk something similar from the families of his colleagues if the Parliament were, indeed, to be forced to sit through Christmas.
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