Canberra is a small town. Sure it's 300k people and the centre of Federal government but it's still basically a small town in the sense that those that move in the same circles tend to congregate at the same places. Portias in Kingston, the Holy Grail etc. Basically within five kays of parl house eateries will abound with pollies, journos, staffers and the like.
Check out this classic tale of Big Trouble in Giant Mouth.
Chris Pyne was noshing down some curry, drinking, and basically making a tit of himself in public. Unfortunately for Chris he forgot to practice Op Sec (which all us public servants have annual lessons on) and in earshot was none other than Mark Davis, Political Correspondent for the SMH.
This is my favourite bit.
It was impossible for anyone else in the crowded restaurant, including this reporter, not to overhear Mr Pyne's remarks, so loudly were they delivered.
By contrast, apart from chuckling at his colleague's performance, Senator Brandis kept his thoughts to himself.
After making a sizeable dent in a bottle of red wine, Mr Pyne moved on to cognac. He was not so much tired and emotional as perky and ebullient.
Gold. I wonder if Chris is going to get a house call ...