In a John Clarke and Brian Dawe interview, the phrase,"we haven't been able to use the fan for nearly a fortnight." What metaphoric expression was this phrase actually referring to? I've googled for ages and come up against a blank wall.
He's referring to the phrase "When the shit hits the fan". The senator mentions in the interview that the last time he made speculative comment about the issue he wasn't able to use the fan for a while. This, presumably, is because when he made the comments last time so much shit hit the fan that he wasn't able to use it for a fortnight.
No one likes a shitty fan.