A ballot was held in the upper house on Tuesday to decide which minor party or independent senator would be appointed to a federal parliamentary committee on cyber-safety.
In a very close secret vote, Senator Fielding was awarded the job with 34 votes to Senator Ludlam’s 32.
For those not following Australian politics, Scott Ludlam is a senator with the progressive Greens party who's been one of the few to stand up and grill Senator Conroy about the proposed mandatory internet filters, and Senator Fielding is a senator with the ultra conservative and Orwellian-titled Family First.
Any already fleeting ideas that this would be a productive and useful committee have not only been shot down, but shoved into a rocket and hurled into the centre of the sun.
And to think this morning I was worrying about novelty gadgets being sold as ultra secure devices to people who don't know. If I had a graph showing my view on humanity, it would have taken a nosedive today.