The hits keep on coming from our request for members of a parliamentary super group — with a line-up so far featuring Peter Garrett on lead vocals, Tony Abbott on backing vox, Craig Emerson on guitar (and … whatever this is), Graham Perrett on bass, Athol Guy on double bass and Steve Gibbons on … bass again, we may need something in the higher registers to cut through all that bass.

Former New South Wales premier Kristina Kenneally has been put forward as a possible co-lead vocalist, with this ABC footage of her and press secretary Mark Tobin attesting to her lilting tones, which could nicely pair with Garrett (with the added bonus of making Abbott harder to hear).

We’re told Ku-ring-gai MP Alister Henskens could slide in as an “accomplished” lead guitarist. According to his Facebook page, Tony Burke plays piano and guitar (and certainly, a photo from March 20 shows he has a sweet Telecaster, which Wills MP Peter Khalil may or may not have nicked). Given the preponderance of guitars, we might stick him on keys.

A tipster informs us that former Victorian Labor MP Evan Thornley was the drummer in a Midnight Oil cover band when he was at Melbourne University in the mid 1980s. Also handy at beating the drum is Democrats senator and leader Andrew Bartlett who was in Brisbane bands I Am Vertical and Too Green For Summer (Whose I Don’t Believe It rounds out the 2004 compilation Rock Against Howard). Bartlett could also slot in on keys, having tickled the ivories in a group called The Cutters

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