Ah, the perils of celebrity governors. Try and s*x up positions that are irrelevant to everyone other than the Boy Scouts, and look what happens.

Queensland Governor and noted human rights activist and feminist Quentin Bryce is the latest vice-regal rep to spark a tabloid storm. There have been stories of a “mystery flight ” – to exotic Longreach for a Royal Flying Doctor Service fundraiser, it turns out – and resignations from her staff, supposedly as a result of clashes over the running of Government House.

Yes, Her Excellency did allow her son to hold his wedding reception there, but we’re told she is paying for it. According to Premier Peter Beattie , the biggest problem is that te governor works too hard. “There won’t be a repeat of the Tasmanian situation here,” he says.

Hmm. If Beattie says there’s nothing wrong it’s enough to make a reasonable person suspicious.

Peter Fray

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