Chris Pyne gets hot under the collar in interview with Karl Stefanovic

As you would imagine, the refugee deal, Donald Trump and US-Australian relations are all everyone in politics seems to be
Karl Stefanovic questions Chris Pyne during a heated segment on the Today show this morning. Source: Today show/ Twitter.

As you would imagine, the refugee deal, Donald Trump and US-Australian relations are all everyone in politics seems to be talking about this morning.

And the topic has lead to some fiery debate on the Today show this morning.

Karl Stefanovic decided to touch on the topic while interviewing Chris Pyne and Anthony Albanese – and it got Pyne pretty hot under the collar.

If you missed it, it was certainly entertaining.

Stefanovic asked Pyne about some of the things Trump has said in the past few days about the refugee deal, describing it as “humiliating rhetoric”.

“Malcolm Turnbull stood up to it,” Pyne said.

“The reality is Australia’s interests are being put first. The deal will go ahead.”

When Stefanovic interjected, Pyne said “let me answer the question”.

“Sure it’s not a deal that Donald Trump would have done if he had been president at the time and he obviously doesn’t like the deal,” he said.

“But a deal is a deal and Malcolm Turnbull is making sure that it happens. He’s getting the outcomes for Australia .”

There was also a fiery debate between Pyne and Albanese about the issue.

“You’re the government Christopher and you need to solve this and you haven’t solved and now you’re in your second term where you’ve been talking about finding a place for these people,” Albanese said.

And then they began talking over each other in true political fashion

“These people are there because they came under you watch,” Pyne hit back.

“We want these people to be settled but we also want to make sure that when we talk about Australia’s relationship with the United States….” Albanese began.

Pyne interrupted, arguing that he didn’t believe Labor wanted to settle the refugees – “I don’t think you do actually,” he said.

“The problem here is one Malcolm Turnbull came out and said it was all fixed…” Albanese began again.

“It is fixed,” Pyne interrupted.

“Then we’ve had a shambles where we’ve had the US president try to conduct foreign policy and diplomacy through Twitter.”

At the end of the interview Stefanovic asked “are you okay Christopher?”, to which Pyne replied “Welcome back happy new year.”

“So cranky this morning,” Stefanovic responded.

And to that Pyne simply said – “just telling the truth.”

If you watch the Today show you’ll know it’s the not the first time an interview between Stefanovic and Pyne has become fiery.

Back in September, Pyne accused Stefanovic of “defaming” him in an interview.

It seem there’s never a dull moment in politics!

What do you think of the interview? 



  1. Im so disgusted that Pine is a south australian he is nothing more that a spoilt brat if he was my kid a good hiding would not hurt and as far as turdball well in lost for words for inaction this hasbeen PM is spouting he is only interested in himself and the top end of town

  2. The watcher  

    Whiney piney threw a tanty. Intellectually stunted morally bankrupt and ideologically driven. Wants to be part of the grown ups but condemned to press his nose against the window while the real people quaff champagne and terrorise the vulnerable. Not a whiff of moral fibre. Doesnt defend his home state until the last moment and then does some sleight of hand and prestk jobs n growth. Agild anc innovative and saving his own thin skin.

    • Guy Flavell  

      How’s about ‘watching’ your crappy spelling China. What on earth is “prestk jobs” and “Agild anc”. I thought everyone had spell-check on their computers these days ?

  3. Murray Walker  

    I have often wondered how Pyne was elected and now I wonder even more, what a sad little boy.

  4. Graham  

    Guy Flavell, Anybody with a modicum of brains can see that “the watcher” meant “agile and innovative”. Never made a typo before, have we huh? You people who criticize others are a pain in the backside.

  5. Bob Clarke  

    Karl you are a dick your questions were stupid won’t help your ratings especially now you have changed your stripes and wife etc

  6. Steve Parker  

    not a fan of smarmy Karl, but anyone who shoves it, (figuratively speaking of course) up “whiney pyney” is alright by me

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