And the winner for the best file photo and headline in Murdoch la la land is:
Hmm, a certain lack of imagination in the entries ...
And the winner of the best and most disingenuous excuse category?
Sorry, only a couple of contenders and one clear, easy winner:
"We have a situation where spending is arguably inside the rules but plainly outside community expectations," he said.
That weasel word "arguably" makes it a clear winner.
There was another contender:
"In this game you start throwing rocks and there won't be a person left in the Parliament because everyone will have some issue somewhere in the past that is difficult to explain. But, but believe you me, I don't think there was any maliciousness in how it happened."
Translation: better not start throwing stones because we're all thieves ... not malicious thieves of course, just good hearted, well meaning thieves ...
A brave and noble try, but it's Barners and he won the perpetual trophy for silly gaffes and is no longer eligible to compete.
And that, as they say, is that.