to Sid Maris in The Australian
today. History should have taught us a lesson – John Howard’s reshuffles have
always tended to be narrow.
portfolios remain unchanged – Peter Costello in Treasury, Alexander Downer as
Foreign Minister. Nick Minchin is bidding to remain in Finance. And there’s no
talk that Attorney General Philip Ruddock – now, significantly, the last small
l liberal from the Fraser years left in the Parliament – will have a new job by
the end of the week.
the most exciting yet realistic reshuffle hint comes from Sam Maiden:
“Liberal Senator Nick Minchin’s
elevation to Leader of the Government in the Senate could set the scene for the
promotion of the first woman to the party’s leadership group.” Helen Coonan,
come on down?
And don’t read
anything into this picture – unless the real estate agent has some really good
ins to the Cole commission of inquiry.
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And speaking of shuffling the deck… If you
like to gamble, then baby I’m your man. There’s no avoiding talk and discussion
over reshuffles, so how’s this:
Spades: John Howard
Hearts: Peter Costello
Clubs: Andrew Robb
Diamonds: Malcolm Turnbull
Spades: Alexander Downer
Hearts: Amanda Vanstone
Clubs: Bronwyn Bishop
Diamonds: Helen Coonan
Spades: Tony Abbott
Hearts: Christopher Pyne
Clubs: Bill Heffernan
Diamonds: Wilson Tuckey
Joker? Suggestions, please, to [email protected]