Thank you for enrolling the the premier training course for NSW premiers to be. Past alumni have included Bob Carr, John Fahey, Nick Greiner, and Neville Wran. Morris Iemma is a current graduate whereas Barry O’Farrell is scheduled to do the course once David Clarke approves.
To further proceed with your application, please answer the following multiple choice question regarding cabinet appointments:
You have just won an election and are prepared to be humble. It is time to name the new and there is one position to fill. A particular faction has put forward a perennial backbencher for promotion on the basis of deal done elsewhere. Do you:
(a) Bravely ignore the factional jousting and appoint the best person to the job?
(b) Investigate the factional appointee to be sure there are no skeletons before even considering their merit?
(c) Ignore the scuttlebutt regarding allegations of domestic violence that has been around Macquarie Street for years concerning this particular MP and appoint him blindly in a case of factional appeasement even knowing that he had an affair with the wife of another new minister and once consorted with a known criminal(though cleared of any wrongdoing) thus causing a scandal that will involve the police?
Answers over the fold.
If you answered:
(a) Theoretically the correct choice but a nightmare in reality.
(b) Good political manoeuvring and could head off any controversies apart from claims of factional appeasement.