The lucky stroke crippled me and gave me a new life. Now I'm just unbelievably good looking and modest. Always turn a little to the left.
1 Mar 2012
COALITION NEEDS MORE CLASS ACTS IN SHADOW CABINET..OR..THEY WILL LOOSE! SAYING NO TO EVERYTHING ON IT'S OWN..WILL NOT DO IT FOR THEM.
March 1, 2012 A quick comparison between Team Gillard and the shadow cabinet shows what a tremendous advantage Gillard has in her colleagues.
Last week we were treated to an explosion of forthright opinions on prime-time media from senior cabinet ministers. One by one they lined up and eloquently spoke their minds.
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Top marks as usual went to Penny Wong and Nicola Roxon, who manage to be both intellectual and intelligible.
Then there was the heartfelt speech from Anthony Albanese, who has been ordered to start wearing his underpants on the outside to denote his new-found superhero status.
One of the biggest surprises, however, was Peter Garrett. He sounded confident, stayed on message and was downright authoritative. Clearly, he has shaken off the amateur tag.
With the exceptions of Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne, the shadow cabinet are an uninspiring lot, largely unrecognisable lot to the wider electorate.
Joe Hockey is well known and was liked, but the one-time aspirant has gone awfully quiet since his very foolish and borderline racist remarks about Wayne Swan "The World's Greatest Treasurer award".
The unfortunate affair of the Liberal Party's 2010 election policy costings that were ''not of an audit nature'', a delicate agreement that was hatched between the Coalition and its accountants.
Contrast the public profiles of Peter Dutton, Nigel Scullion and George Brandis with their respective counterparts.
The government has Tanya Plibersek, Jenny Macklin and Nicola Roxon, and the extent of Labor's advantage is clear.
The lack of recognition can not be attributed to the benefits of incumbency, as all three Liberals mentioned above served in the Howard government.
A further problem with Tony Abbott's shadow cabinet is the gender imbalance; there are only two women in the Coalition's cabinet compared with five (including the one who holds the top job) in Gillard's.