Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Who's in and Who's out in the Ministry

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Who's in and Who's out in the Ministry

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SWANNELL

PETER SWANNELL

I MUST have too much time on my hands. I've been trying to keep up with who's in and who's out of the new Turnbull Ministry.

It's almost as hard as the challenge of trying to sort out which of our cricketers currently has the nod in the Test, ODI or Twenty20 teams. Playing well enough to get picked in the first place must be a hell of a challenge. Playing badly enough to get left out so that someone else gets a chance while you take a little rest must be an even bigger challenge.

Deciding whether David Warner needs a pat on the head or a proverbial kick up the bum must be nearly as difficult as predicting whether the mighty Maxwell will play responsibly for once in a while.

Getting the Ministry right must be much the same teaser. Satisfying a need to give representation to all the states, meeting gender expectations, mixing newcomers with the relatively old stagers must take a few beers to sort out.

Then there is the need to find the right words of praise for those consigned to backbenches. They must be described as sufficiently brilliant to justify their selection back in earlier days, yet sufficiently replaceable with better, younger people to avoid damaging sympathy from their drinking mates.

Thank goodness the Turnbull task was apparently made a little easier than it might otherwise have been, by the indiscretions of the likes of Whowasit and Whatsisname. Their names have already receded from the mind.

And now there's Ian, quietly ungrooming himself after 18 years, and Tony who might still be a problem before election time.

Election time? It's got to be on or before January 14, 2017 and could be well before then. I'm far from convinced that the odds on a change of government will shorten significantly in the meanwhile with the present opposition leadership relying upon denigration and one-liners. …

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