In a year of political drama, intrigue and instability, Kitchen Cabinet will return with a fifth season. The six-episode season will begin on October 28 at 8pm.
Veteran political journalist Annabel Crabb will seek out the most fascinating people in the Federal Parliament and force them to eat cake even if they really don’t want to.
From dragway tracks in regional Victoria, to remote parts of Kakadu and the wildest, most inhospitable place of all – Canberra – Crabb travels the country in search of a good meal and an insight into the life of the curious creature that is the Australian politician.
Fortunately, none of Crabb’s guests have taken advantage of former PM TonyAbbott’s top-level endorsement earlier this year of serving onions whole and raw.
On the new season of the show:
- Scott Morrison cooks a Sri Lankan fish curry and opens up about his childhood acting career, his faith and reflections on his time as immigration minister.
- Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator Ricky Muir takes Annabel for a ride in two vehicles (one bumpy and one fast) and talks about his unexpected rise to political prominence.
- Senator Richard Di Natale, leader of the Greens, invites Annabel to his off-the-grid farm and makes nearly every element of his meal from scratch, including the pizza oven.
- Gold medal Olympian Nova Peris takes Crabb to her family’s country nestled in beautiful Kakadu, where they cook by a campfire, eat by a billabong teeming with crocodiles and discuss Senator Peris’ life to date.
- And in a Kitchen Cabinet first, at a Chinese restaurant in Canberra deemed neutral territory, Crabb hosts a bi-partisan lunch with Liberal Minister Christopher Pyne and Labor MP Anthony Albanese.
Crabb said: “It’s been a great year. Though I feel I owe an apology to the family of the goose I plucked in Kakadu. Also, the neighbours of the drag track I went to with Ricky Muir – I hope they weren’t trying to have a snooze or anything.”
Annabel Crabb’s iview special series
Exclusive to ABC iview from October 28, viewers can watch Canberra Al Desko with Annabel Crabb. The thirteen-part series has been filmed inside the Parliament House during the week of the recent leadership coup.
The digital series takes viewers into the Parliament House offices of a host of political characters, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; his right-hand-man JamesMcGrath; rugged individualist Jacqui Lambie; new Mum Amanda Rishworth; Barnaby Joyce, who talks openly about his recent stoush with a Hollywood celebrity; and right-wing rebel with a cause Cory Bernardi; inter-party chums Josh Frydenberg and Ed Husic.
Crabb snoops on them at work: What sort of letters do they get? What tragic concoctions do they have for lunch? Amusing, surprising and at times ridiculous, this series lets you get to know politicians in their Canberra habitat.