PM Julia Gillard has some pretty big holes to fill in her front bench after this week’s #nospill. And it probably isn’t just the ACT printers who are relishing the opportunities this presents.
With so many long-standing names names jumping before they are pushed, and probably a few more to join them after getting pushed, there’s a real (and way overdue) opportunity for the Federal ALP to install some fresh faces up front.
During the big day, ABC drew up the battlelines thus:
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Bob Carr and Dick Adams were both away from Canberra, but I believe in the Gillard camp. Quite a lot of others were missing from the ABC’s tally—there were a lot of people burnt last time who kept mum this time around…
From a Canberra perspective, this looks like Gai Brodtmann has dealt herself out of any short-term advancement. But Andrew Leigh is there in Camp PM. And no matter one’s politics, you’d have to admit that Leigh could bring a lot of credibility, sanity and critical analysis to a ministry role.
The big question of course is would the PM appoint two ACT reps to the front bench, assuming Kate Lundy’s support (and, I believe, solid recent performance as Sports Minister) continues to be rewarded?
So what say you, RA? Will Leigh get his chance? And if so, what portfolio do you think would benefit most from his skill-set? (That’s assuming skill-sets get a look-in over factional dealing and squeaky wheel/state greasing…admittedly an audacious assumption when it comes to the ALP!)
Other prognostications? For mine, how about Penny Wong for Leader of the Government in the Senate?