Funny. Some of the Crikey community were just
bewailing the fact that we haven’t had a good yarn on our old friend the Member
for Ryan for ages – and then look what turned up in the inbox:

Michael and
Huyen Johnson are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, a son,
Ryan Andrew Johnson.

Ryan was born at
the Wesley hospital at 5:02
pm last Thursday 22nd June 2006 and weighed a very healthy 3.56kg or 7 pounds 13 ounces…

That’s a brave call, naming your kid after
your electorate while a redistribution is still going on.

But what a fantastic example. And what a
fantastic challenge for the prime minister.

Remember his comments after the 1998
election win?
“I also want to commit myself very genuinely to the cause of true
reconciliation with the Aboriginal people of Australia.”

What better way to do that than insisting
that his first grandchild be named… Bennelong.

Peter Fray

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