FEDERAL MP Ian Goodenough has responded to the stir he caused with a statement about his Rolex watch.
The statement (below), which explained in third person how the Moore MHR earned his high-end timepiece, made national news this morning and was mocked by the opposition yesterday.
The Liberal Party member admitted he was surprised at how much talk it had prompted, but said he took it all in good fun.
“It lights up the imagination and with it being mentioned in parliament over the last few days, it generated a bit of a storm, which I’ve not been used to,” he said.
Responding to a query about the appropriateness of a politician promoting a commercial brand, he did not see it as an issue because it was not for financial gain.
“That would have been improper,” he said.
The former Wanneroo councillor said the Rolex write-up was intended for one journalist, but it had been circulated through media outlets because the reporter shared it on Twitter.
He clarified he had not sent it out as a general release.
“There would be no value in intentionally raising the profile like that,” he said.
The backbencher’s expensive taste in jewellery was highlighted this week when it was revealed he helped fellow Liberal MP Ian Macfarlane confirm a Rolex, which Mr Macfarlane assumed was fake, was real.
Mr Macfarlane and several other MPs, including Tony Abbott, had been gifted watches from a Chinese billionaire in 2013, under the impression the watches were knock-offs.
After it was discovered the watches, worth tens of thousands of dollars each, were genuine, the politicians returned them amid scrutiny.
A journalist then queried Mr Goodenough on the origins of his own Rolex, to which he responded with the now parodied statement of how he purchased it to remind him of what hard work could earn him.
In a humourous jibe, WA federal Labor MP Alannah MacTiernan circulated her own release, talking of a Chanel bag, in the same third-person style as Mr Goodenough’s response.
The pair had earlier been arguing over a separate issue in parliament.
Mr Goodenough did not bite back.
“I thought it was meant in jest and a bit of a good fun,” he said.
“In this place, there’s political rivalries, but there’s also a little bit of parody and taking the mickey out of people.”
Political Twitter users, always an excitable bunch, responded accordingly:
Double stripes on Ian “fashion icon” Goodenough. pic.twitter.com/G2nQYIsTyk
— Stephanie Peatling (@srpeatling) February 11, 2016
Really enjoying the new J.M. Coetzee novel, entitled “The Time Piece Product of Ian Goodenough MP” pic.twitter.com/nHVmeTxRYS
— Ben Eltham (@beneltham) February 10, 2016
I hear Ian Goodenough is in line for promotion in the reshuffle…it’s his time.
— Peter van Onselen (@vanOnselenP) February 10, 2016
Mr Goodenough’s statement to the journalist:
Ian Goodenough since his days at Aranmore Catholic College has been interested in Economics and Finance.
At high school he was encouraged to commit himself to his studies and he excelled.
When he left high school he began working fulltime as a trainee accountant at Henry, Rae & Court to pay for his studies at Curtin University, where he attended classes at night and studied on weekends to obtain a Commerce degree majoring in Management and Information Systems.
Ian first went into business at age 21; he took out a small loan and bought a share in a Western Australian company, Pipe Supports Australia. Pipe Supports Australia was a fledgling manufacturing and wholesale business that Ian saw had potential.
Over a period of close to twenty years, he committed to building the company into a leading supplier of electrical, mechanical and pipe support systems to the commercial construction and mining industries.
Pipe Supports Australia has made a lasting contribution to Western Australia by supplying iconic projects including the new Terminal 2 at Perth Airport, Graham Farmer Freeway Tunnel, Whitfords City & Lakeside Joondalup shopping centre expansions, and Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Ian has always prided himself on the ability to commit to hard work to ensure business success.
Like many involved in building a business Ian has experienced his share of difficult times but that always encouraged him to work harder for success.
At the 10 year anniversary of Ian’s success in business and achieving a long term goal of becoming the Moore Division President of the WA Liberal Party, Ian’s hard work in Moore Division contributed to a successful state campaign to win the marginal state seat of Ocean Reef and elect the Barnett Government. Ian decided that a momentous year of achievement should be acknowledged and after careful research, consideration and planning decided to invest in a watch.
He visited a local Western Australian company, Rosendorff Jewellers, and purchased a Rolex.
Ian decided to purchase a Rolex after learning of the brand’s history and commitment to achieving the best time piece product possible.
Its renowned reputation as the pinnacle watch in the industry was a nice fit for the occasion the watch was being bought for.
Ian has worn his Rolex every day since its purchase to remind himself of the hard work it took to obtain it.
This same hard working attitude Ian uses every day in his service and representation of the electorate of Moore.
Ian like in all his endeavours is committed to providing the best services that a Local Member can to their electorate as for Ian, the greatest reward comes from hard work.”
Ms MacTiernan’s response:
Alannah MacTiernan since her days at Our Lady of Mercy College has been interested in having a good time.
At high school she worked part time at Coles to fund her passion for punting and partying.
When she left school she worked in a sock factory and then as a barmaid and a checkout chick at Charlie Carters.
She learnt how to make the money go round and made friends with people who had an eye for a bargain.
Alannah, having beavered away for the Labor Party for many years, was elected to Parliament.
After her fourth successful election, one of her aforementioned friends gave her a white bag to celebrate.
The day Alannah was sworn in as Minister it was very hot, so Alannah wore white. The only white bag she had was the said gift.
Eagle eyed West Australian journalists, always focused on the important issues, spotted the Chanel logo on the bag.
What followed was a scandal known locally as Chanel-gate.
Although Alannah suspected her friend had purchased the bag in Bali, she believed that discretion was the better part of valour – and would neither confirm nor deny its provenance.
The bag was eventually donated to a charity auction – where, accompanied by numerous press articles it had generated, it fetched a good price: no doubt considerably more than the original purchase price.