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John Howard for governor-general?

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Now the election has come and gone with Tony off the front pages of the Murdoch media (thank God) and back in the monastery (this time the Federal Police Canberra Trainee Centre), the question is: ‘who will he appoint as our next GG?’

The first clue might be Tony’s appointment of his erstwhile Northern Beaches colleague, Bronwyn Bishop, to the speaker’s chair ‘to improve the dignity of Parliament’.

That leaves Sydney’s Cardinal Pell (Tony’s confessor), or how about ‘Jurassic’ Clive with two critical Senate seats? A GG appointment would solve a lot of potential Tony headaches if Clive bombs out of the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax.

My flutter is on Tony’s mentor, little Johnny H, for GG.

But for the inside story of all of this and more, we are just going to have to wait for Mungo’s or Margo’s new book: Not Happy III – Tony.

Terry Sharples, Tweed Heads  


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  1. Terry,
    Is this the same “little Johnny” Howard, who at 5′ 5″ was one inch taller than Bob Hawke (at 5′ 4″).
    ‘Tis always very difficult to make sound judgments when viewing life through a bile-soaked, political prism, Terry. :>


    At the event horizon of church and state
    at a mansions’ gate stood an old prelate
    who prayed to entreat his ol’ china plate
    to just say the word and salvage the date
    and the fate of the governor general:

    Well just for the nonce said tiers ‘etat
    I’m going to have to say sorry mate
    for who in the world can manage your fate
    if even the fourth-estate can’t save you?:

  3. Greg,

    The conflation of humam height comparisons with bile-soaked prisims.. is a verbal worthy of the Murdoch coersions….all you need is a confirmational Newspoll.

  4. Greg,
    For the record only. My use of the term “little” in reference to Australia’s former PM and soon to become ( I predict) our next GG had nothing to do with the man’s physical status. I used the word “little” to suggest to echo reader he Howard on any review his achievements or otherwise was a man of few ideas other than the master of the tactic of “divide and conquer”. You may admire this but In my view Howard took Australia backwards and his appointment as GG will do far far worse.. There however is no bile in any of this – just a lot of worry. Abbott’s not about to do a “Gough” and my prediction remains. No doubt you will be pleased when the black crow lands and it come to pass.
    God Bless


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