It’s fortuitous timing that both the AFL and NRL grand finals are on this weekend, as well as Australia playing England in rugby union early on Sunday morning. It’s a festival of sports that should interest most of the population. Earlier this week Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made a rare oratorical stumble at the Dally M award night, and this morning he is in Melbourne to mark the AFL grand final between Hawthorn and West Coast, with no awkwardness so far.

The PM has shown that his newfound power has not gone to his head, tweeting a photo on the tram this morning — his fellow commuters seemed unperturbed, with one even reading what Tony Abbott had said about Turnbull on 3AW in today’s Age. The PM made a subtle dig at Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for today’s Victorian public holiday — Andrews’ dedication to fulfilling an election promise no one asked for has been roundly criticised by local Liberals and small business owners.

Yesterday Turnbull showed his colours, saying he tipped West Coast in the AFL and the Cowboys in the NRL, in light of the allegiances of his colleagues — it’s all about playing it safe in the party room. And this tweet from Ken Wyatt last week does show that there are quite a few West Coast supporters in the party room, so it’s a good idea.

Ms Tips must admit that our knowledge of NRL is but a little, but even we know it seems strange to play a grand final between two Queensland clubs in Sydney. Considering how long Queensland has dominated State of Origin, though, maybe playing away won’t affect the performance of either of the clubs. Ms Tips thinks that the Cowboys are the ones to tip on Sunday — they’re Thurston for a victory.

Also on the topic of he NRL, a tipster has sent us this photo from Stanthorpe in Queensland, maybe there will be divine intervention:

Peter Fray

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