Michaelia Cash Literally Hid Behind A Whiteboard So People Wouldn't Take Photos Of Her

    This is not a joke.

    Security guards at Parliament House literally wheeled out a whiteboard to block the media from filming or taking photos of jobs and innovation minister Michaelia Cash on Thursday afternoon.

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    Cash has been in hiding since yesterday afternoon, when she was forced to withdraw threats to name "every single young woman" from Labor leader Bill Shorten's office that she claimed to have heard rumours about.

    Michaelia Cash threatened to name young women "rumoured" about in Bill Shorten's office. Penny Wong heard, walked s… https://t.co/JNKfmca0JY

    Labor has called on Cash to walk into Bill Shorten's office and apologise face-to-face to his female staff.

    Plibersek: "I think Michaelia Cash should walk down to Bill Shorten's office and ask to see the female staff in a g… https://t.co/h06Id0b6yE

    Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has refused to ask Cash to apologise. Instead at Question Time on Thursday he justified her actions by saying Cash was "bullied and provoked" by Labor.

    .@TurnbullMalcolm: Michaelia Cash was being 'bullied and provoked' before her claims about @billshortenmp's staff.… https://t.co/qg9d77mYoz

    So when Cash emerged for the first time on Thursday afternoon, on her way to a Senate estimates hearing, taxpayer-funded Parliament House security guards wheeled out a whiteboard to shield her from view and stood on either side to prevent anyone from moving around it.

    .@SenatorCash takes cover following yesterday's rant in parliament. Security has pulled out a screen so media can't… https://t.co/ZMvO65F57X

    People pointed out that according to parliamentary rules, the media are allowed to film in that corridor.

    Actually it looks like a fair cop on the #cashcam footage. #auspol The cameras were in the Mural Hall.

    And once inside the committee room, photographers were free to take photos of Cash. Like this one.

    Lukas Coch / AAPIMAGE

    And this one, taken as she said she was happy to "withdraw the comments unreservedly" but didn't apologise. Oh, and she called Labor senator Doug Cameron a "bully".

    Lukas Coch / AAPIMAGE

    Which led many people to ask... Why bother with the whiteboard?

    This might have been a more dignified way for Senator Cash to secretly enter Estimates


    And now we cut live to the person who thought the Michaelia Cash whiteboard would be a good idea.

    But Twitter is fucking loving it.


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    Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.

    Contact Alice Workman at alice.workman@buzzfeed.com.

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