Brand new National Party chief honcho and Deputy Prime Minister, MickMack’s story of humble beginnings -- “I am from Marrar. It is a little village of 368 people” -- wasn’t the only “log cabin to White House” example we’ve witnessed in Canberra in recent days.

I was genuinely surprised to discover last week that Acting Prime Minister, Mathias Cormann, could not speak English until he was 23 when he came to Australia from Belgium to follow a backpacking girlfriend on holidays. I know that’s an opening for smartarse comments that “Down Under’s version of Arnie still doesn’t speak English” but it is pretty impressive that the Finance Minister and Government Leader in the Senate has come so far.