Beehive buzzing: Bronny fans rejoice! The
Member for Mackellar graced the front page of The Manly Daily on Saturday, vowing to continue on for three more terms. The 64-year-old Bishop
was responding to claims Ku-ring-gai councillor Adrienne Ryan has designs
on the electorate.

Pittwater perils:
More Northern Beaches
Liberal fun in the Sun Herald, too.
“The NSW Liberal Party is bracing itself for a full-on factional war over the
candidate to succeed former leader John Brogden in the
seat of Pittwater on Sydney’s northern beaches,” Alex Mitchell
reports. “It is being called ‘The War of Two Pauls’ between Paul Nicolaou,
executive chairman of the party’s fund-raising arm, the Millennium Forum, and
Paul Ritchie, public affairs manager of Australia Business. Mr Nicolaou is
supported by the moderate faction known as The Group, while Mr Ritchie is close
to the hard right and Christian fundamentalists.” And some locals say that the Paul R tilt is light
on for numbers at the moment and that he briefed the Sun-Herald himself – but
that Paul N may crash and burn without right support.

Rolling on:
Which state transport minister
has committed to looking into rego and special laws for four wheel drives, but
owns one himself? The same one who left his wife last year for his former press
sec, maybe?

Electoral reform:
With changes to the Electoral
Act on the agenda and the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters due to
report today, who’s going to be first pollie to mention the matter of
Communications Minister Helen Coonan, her judge husband, their separate
residences for land tax purposes and the implications of this for the integrity
of the electoral roll?

So that explains the Greens’ economics:

Hugo Chavez, renaissance man! The Venezuelan president has blamed global
capitalism for earthquakes hitting India, Pakistan
and Afghanistan as well as for mudslides that have struck Central America and Mexico. Chavez has said on his weekly
radio show “Hello, Mr. President,”
that the catastrophes are nature’s answer to the “world global capitalist

Lead by example:
While Immigration
Minister Amanda Vanstone is changing the culture of DIMIA, HR experts suggest
she look at the results of the 2005 Hewitt Best Employers award.
“Highly effective leaders in these organisations work hard to connect employees
to the business through effective communication, offer employees challenge and
growth through their day-to-day work and future opportunities, and build a
differentiated high-performance culture that harnesses the power and passion of
employees,” the organisers found. Just what Ministers Mandy and Philip have
done. Not. But they’re safe. The head of the public service, Secretary of the
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Peter Shergold, has handily
redefined ministerial responsibility this morning, saying it’s right that immigration officers should bear the blame for mistakes
made in the wrongful deportation to the Philippines of Vivian Alvarez Solon.

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