Doesn’t look like it. The bloke’s staying a member of the Liberal National Party.
So. What? Is he going to sit in the Liberal Party room?
Nope. He’s not going to sit in any party room.
That’s novel. A Liberal National who doesn’t want to mix with anyone from the Liberals or the Nationals. You’d hardly blame him, of course. Where’s he going to sit?
Oh. But, you know, where exactly? Couch surfing?
About as far as he can get from the current Nationals leader, Michael McCormack, we’d imagine. Maybe Barnaby has a warm seat next to him.
You may recall it was the formerly unknown Llew O’Brien who made such a fuss last week about wanting a spill of the leadership so Barnaby could have a go.
Was that only last week?
Exactly. Time passes quickly when you’re having fun. Or not.
Then this O’Brien fellow from Queensland is going to be another thorn under McCormack’s blanket until Barnaby makes another thrust, so to speak?
We can only point you to the words of Liberal consigliere Mathias Cormann, if we might mix up our multiculturalism for a moment: “I’m not aware of the ins and outs of the National Party internals, but in terms of the fundamentals, Llew O’Brien is a member of the LNP, remains a member of the joint party room and he continues to support the government.”
Ah, the old ins and outs of the internals. So actually no one has a clue?
That would appear to be the case.
Where’d you say this O’Brien chap comes from?
Queensland. He was a policeman.
Why didn’t you say so in the first place?
Tony Wright is the associate editor and special writer for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.