Well, yesterday turned out to be quite an eventful day for the opposition. Normally these things happen over the summer recess, not when parliament is sitting.
Firstly we had Julie Bishop trying to convince us that it was her decision alone – no input from anyone else – to move from Treasury to Foreign Affairs. Of course, those “carefully planted” stories had nothing to do with it.
Bishop’s move meant that Malcolm needed to re-re-shuffle the opposition front bench. It now transpires that Peter “The incredible sulk” Costello was offered the role of opposition Treasury spokesperson, but again declined, meaning that Joe “I’m so uncle-like” Hockey has accepted the role with Helen Coonan moving to Finance.
Now I would have thought that if you are in public office then you should aspire to the highest positions you can, and to be in a position that you can assist the company. But it appears that Peter still wants to sit on the backbench. Why does he not leave parlaiment and let someone represent his electorate who aspires to be of benefit to the country by using his talent? And yes – I do believe that Costello does have talent and that his scruitiny of the government would be most useful.
And then last night, the former leader Brendan Nelson announced that he will not seek pre-selection at the next federal election. Could he be going for the non-vacant leader of the opposition in the NSW Liberal Party? The position vacated yesterday by Joe Hockey?