In the Canberra Times Victor Violante has unkindly inquired into Mr Stanhope’s new convention of getting whatever he wants on the nomination of a speaker of the Assembly.
He’s basing his claim on supposed agreements reached in 1998. The problem is that the Liberals he said set the precedent can’t remember anything of the sort.
Long term assembly watchers have long thrilled to the way our brave leader can pull a new interpretation of convention out of thin air in a manner somewhat reminiscent of Captain Jack (but without the charm, or we fervently hope the nudity).
In other assembly news the ABC informs that a really major cabinet reshuffle is underway with the portfolios getting a re-working.
UPDATED: The ABC now brings word that Labor are trying to put out the fire by nominating the sainted, Mary Porter for the speaker’s role. No moving on of Hargreaves after all. Cabinet will remain the same old bunch from last time.