Jack Waterford had a piece in today’s Canberra Times drawing on rugby union to describe the new ACT Liberal leader Bill Stefaniak.
In a nutshell, Waterford thinks Mr Stefaniak is an unimaginative but steady forward, “the sort of solid second rower to whom one hands the ball in the hope that he might charge right through the ruck”. He says Wild Bill has been a straight player both as a politician and as a prosecutor in his lawyer days, which matches with his moral conservatism.
He finishes by saying, “That the Liberals think Stefaniak any sort of standard-bearer is a bit of a reflection on them, but that some might be desperate at the lack of penetration by Smyth, and very reluctant to gamble on the more colourful, but plainly more dangerous, Richard Mulcahy, is hardly surprising.”
Elsewhere, Markus Mannheim outlines Mr Stefaniak’s plan for the Liberals which is basically a focus on fiscal discipline, health, education and public safety. He also discusses the party room politics of the move.