GO & A

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rates re­ally badly with a bill I put up in 2012. Of course peo­ple de­serve penalty rates for work­ing on the week­end but, in the change of lead­er­ship, the ex­tent of that bill ac­tu­ally hurt a lot of folks. And in South Aus­tralia I should have made a de­ci­sion on pri­vati­sa­tion ear­lier. I tried to get a com­pro­mise when I should have said no. When it’s wrong, it’s wrong. You have to stick to your guns… even if you’re car­ry­ing a sta­ple gun.

GQ: See, you’re al­ways jok­ing yet you of­ten de­scribe your­self as a ‘mis­er­able bas­tard’. Why? NX:

I feel the weight of the world on me… but maybe it’s just the bur­si­tis in my shoul­der.

GQ: Thanks dad. An­other irony is that you’re a Greek Or­tho­dox boy who went to a Methodist school. NX:

That’s what screwed me up I reckon. I was in­tro­verted and so­cially awk­ward. Hope­less at sports. Al­most patho­log­i­cally shy. It was an all-boys school and I only had three real friends, but I’m still in touch with them – a Malaysian-chi­nese guy, a Lebanese lad and a Dutch bloke who’s now a GP. Teach­ers used to call us ‘The United Na­tions’. I was an out­sider. Noth­ing much has changed.

GQ: So just how did this patho­log­i­cally shy kid be­come the mouth of South Aus­tralia? NX:

I don’t know. There’s a place be­tween self-doubt and self-con­fi­dence; I’ve had to try harder to bridge it be­cause at times my self-doubt has been crip­pling. And at other times it’s driven me.

GQ: You as­pire to be a her­mit and your home is fa­mously monas­tic. Can you de­scribe it for us? NX:

Messy. Min­i­mal­ist. God

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