Smorgasbord of seats available to Costello, Spectator Australia editorial says
The Spectator Australia, in an editorial this week, enthusiastically supports the idea of Peter Costello returning to the federal Parliament. And it suggests how he could do it:
Mr Costello belongs back in Parliament, serving as a lead player in an Abbott-led government. How he gets there is not the issue, but clearly, it cannot be at the expense of one of the Coalition’s brightest stars, Josh Frydenberg. If Mr Costello is indeed interested in making a political comeback, then here’s a thought: why not apply his well-known sense of humour and irony and entertain himself, the media and the public by choosing at leisure from any number of Labor seats in which he can cause maximum havoc?
After all, Labor is facing an electoral disaster in Julia Gillard’s home state. As former ALP state secretary Stephen Newnham has conceded: “Every Labor seat in Victoria on a margin of 15 per cent is up for grabs.”
It is likely that a whole new breed of Liberals will soon be entering Parliament. It would be a dream come true to see Mr Costello among them. There are more than a dozen Labor seats that he could have a crack at. Or, if he were feeling even cheekier, why not do a Reverse Maxine McKew with double twist and take on the seat of Lalor and the Prime Minister herself? He’d probably have her for dinner.
Read the editorial in full in this week’s issue of The Spectator Australia, in newsagents from Friday.