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Rant Of The Day THIS RANT 22/08/96

Rant Of The Day is where I get to mouth off about whatever I feel like for however long I like. Theoretically, I'll update my whinge/opinion piece every weekday; in practice, maybe not so often.

Great moments in the National Party

Given the topic, this will necessarily be a short rant. Amidst the Coalition split this week, the Sydney Morning Herald carried on Tuesday a report concerning the selection of a National Party candidate for Port Macquarie. Let me quote from it directly:

His first qualification that Mack [a Nationals bigwig] mentioned was the fact that he is unmarried. In fact, he used the word "bachelor". For a young man to be 26 and unmarried is cause for concern in some quarters of the National Party. But Mack was very impressed with Oakeshott's response to questions about his marital status when he faced preselection. "He told them that his girlfriend was from Port Macquarie but that she was studying at university in Queensland and when she had her degree and had learned to cook, then he'd marry her."

Well, at least she'll have something to think about while she's chained to the sink, eh boys? Given this kind of attitude, the Nationals shouldn't be let near a parliament, let alone inside one.


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