, February 5:

“The opposition today is demanding approval of any new government programs because the election campaign is underway and Prime Minister Julia Gillard is now merely a caretaker.”

Guidance on Caretaker Conventions, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, section 1.1:

“The caretaker period begins at the time the House of Representatives is dissolved and continues until the election result is clear or, if there is a change of government, until the new government is appointed.”

Pull the other one, folks.

Peter Fray

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