The tail-light on the hill

The AFR Magazine recently profiled the federal education minister, Western Australian Liberal MP Julie Bishop. I’ve never met her, but she came across as (a) friendly and personable, (b) ambitious and extremely politically savvy, and (c) lacking any driving philosophy.

The thing that caught my eye was that she is the owner of the personalised numberplate “Curtin”. Now, I wonder what John Curtin, often called Labor’s greatest ever Prime Minister, would make of that?

Update: In writing the post, I assumed that it was common knowledge that JB is the member for Curtin. So there’s no puzzle as to why she wants the numberplate. The question is why it wasn’t already owned by a dewy-eyed socialist. Or maybe it was, but they were still willing to sell it for the right price.

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7 Responses to The tail-light on the hill

  1. Mork says:

    Well, it is the name of her seat, so it might be better to focus on why a great Labor Prime Minister has a blue ribbon Liberal seat named after him.

    Weird article, though – not only because of the hilarious editing error on page 36. As usual, the quality of the photography in the AFR Magazine far outshines the quality of the writing.

  2. Sacha says:

    “…so it might be better to focus on why a great Labor Prime Minister has a blue ribbon Liberal seat named after him.”

    In the naming of seats, the political complexion of the seat is not (officially) considered.

    If I correctly recall, Curtin represented the seat of Fremantle. For the 1949 election (I think), the number of seats in the House of Representatives was almost doubled, and all states except Tasmania were allocated more seats. I think that Curtin came into existence at that election. As Fremantle is next to Curtin, it is conceivable that the man represented at least some of the area covered by the current seat of Curtin, or that they just named the seat after him.

    Forde is represented by a Liberal member, as is Fisher. Gorton is represented by an ALP member, as is Bruce.

  3. Geoff R says:

    Curtin was I think a Labor seat on the 1946 figures. Colin Hughes in the early 1980s matched the 1946 votes to the 1949 boundaries.

  4. TB says:

    Andrew, I whole-heartedly agree with your three observations. I’d really prefer that all our politicians did have some kind of driving philosophy, even if they were quite different to my own. At least we’d know where they stand.

  5. Sacha says:

    Geoff R – Labor got quite a large vote in the 1946 election.

  6. Sacha says:

    Also, Lyons is represented by a Labor member as is Barton. NB Fraser (in the ACT) is not named after Malcolm.

  7. Russell Hamilton says:

    Curtin lived in the suburb of Cottesloe, which is in the electorate now named after him.

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