FEDERAL Health Minister Tony Abbott is confronted by ABC TV comedian Craig Reucassel.
FEDERAL Health Minister Tony Abbott is confronted by ABC TV comedian Craig Reucassel.

Cardinal? chases Abbott on the run



IT was the case of an abbott being upstaged by a cardinal when Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott visited the Tweed yesterday.

In an hilarious twist to a usually staid press conference, Mr Abbott was confronted by a holy protester outside the Tweed's Southern Cross University.

Dressed as a cardinal, Craig Reucassel, the anchor of ABC comedy show The Chaser Decides, tackled Mr Abbott with some philosophical questions before the politician's scheduled speech.

It was a case of divine in-tervention for journalists wanting some excitement and drama when Reucassel urged Mr Abbott to give penance for his sins.

"When were you last in a confessional?" he asked Abbott seriously.

"Are you offering up a silent prayer?" he asked when Abbott refused to acknowledge him.

Happy to ignore Reucassel and a Chaser video camera, Mr Abbott launched into his media conference with a gusto that only a man wearing tiny shorts can muster.

Earlier on, a footy-short-wearing Mr Abbott arrived to the press conference on a push bike with lycra-wearing Richmond MP Larry Anthony.

While this image should have been enough to please the Chaser, Reucassel tried once more to grab the attention of Mr Abbott by again crashing the press conference.

Abbott's reaction?

"You're a joker and you're not funny mate," he said.

For the cardinal these words were as good as the juiciest confession he could get.

"He spoke to me! He spoke!" Reucassel cheered.

The Chaser Decides is aired Thursday nights at 9pm on the ABC.



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