CANBERRA – Hello! Who do we have here asking a question in the federal parliament as if it was his maiden effort?
It is former Prime Minister Tony Abbott now dutifully performing his role as a backbencher and asking a simple, overwritten, completely harmless plant of question -- or Dorothy Dixer as they are known -- to someone he used to be the boss of.
The chamber erupted into loud cheers and standing ovations as the Member for Warringah got to his feet and was called on by the Speaker Tony Smith.
Mr Abbott responded with a huge grin and a wave of the paper which carried his question, "Nice to be popular, Mr Speaker!"
The question was to Steve Ciobo, a man Mr Abbott had demoted in 2010, but who is now a Minister in the Turnbull Government.
"My question is to the Minister for Trade," Mr Abbott asked.
"Will the Minister update the House on how the expanded Singapore-Australian Free Trade Agreement will support the Government's plan for jobs and growth?"
Ah jobs and growth! A mantra of the man who took Tony Abbott's job. How times change.
Discussions with the Prime Ministers of Singapore, Bhutan and Australia— ellinghausen (@ellinghausen) October 12, 2016
- Member for Warringah's day in Parliament pic.twitter.com/wdgcHSJyMU
It was a big day for the former Prime Minister meeting the visiting Prime Ministers of Singapore and Bhutan.
The expanded Singapore-Australian Free Trade Agreement will be signed tomorrow and Mr Ciobo says Mr Abbott can take some credit.
He came, and with his customary wink, he was gone.