Dunno what planet Marli may have been living on, but …

Comment on Where is Wally? by John Bell.

Dunno what planet Marli may have been living on, but the Oz scene is full of former pollies who walk straight into plum jobs. Every second one. Heads on ’em like mice.
It’s called looking after your mates.
Kimmy Beazley marched straight into a plum New York job as did Joey Hockey.
Then there was Billy Hayden getting handed the G-G gig with the perk of high tea with Queen Liz.
Then, going back the other way, there are all Billy Shorten’s union mates who walked straight onto the front bench on Capital Hill.
Yep. That’s what this game is all about.
Noddies is a job-related affliction that is a small price to pay for the good life.
There is always medical treatment to fix these ailments. No doubt Wazza Snowden has a good family doctor who is monitoring the virus.

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Where is Wally?
On the issue of ex-pollies in plum jobs, I do have to put in a a qualifying good word on an old friend from distance running days, former ACT Chief Minister Jonny Stanhope.
Jon flew up to Christmas Island to take the job as Administrator of Christmas Island.
One of Jon’s passions was human rights, one of the reasons I understand he took the gig. And that is my point.
Every former politician (or member of a local council for that matter) who takes one of these highly paid gigs in the afterlife has rock solid justification in their own minds for doing so, e.g. recognition of services rendered to the Oz community, financial security for their own families … et al … and the zinger: That’s what any ordinary punter would do in their position. Hard to beat that thinking, hey!


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