Grylls looks back, view to front bench

Pilbara News - - News - Re­becca Par­ish

Tongues were set wag­ging at the Hed­land Eco­nomic Fo­rum when for­mer Na­tion­als leader Bren­don Grylls made a frank and impassioned speech about his po­lit­i­cal past and fu­ture, leav­ing guests won­der­ing whether there was a pos­si­ble re­turn not only to the front bench, but also to the lead­er­ship of the party.

Mr Grylls said be­fore tak­ing a step back to the back bench in 2013, he’d es­sen­tially burnt out, but added he was now now back in a state of mind where he was think­ing about pol­icy and agen­das.

“You start off in your po­lit­i­cal ca­reer ... you want ev­ery jour­nal­ist to ring you ... and ar­gue with them and try and win your point and win the day and you get to the point to­wards the end of your ca­reer, and I’ve watched very good West Aus­tralians do that, Jim McGinty was one and Alan­nah MacTier­nan was an­other, where you es­sen­tially want to yell at the jour­nal­ists and tell them to get stuffed,” he said.

“And once you start yelling at the jour­nal­ists and telling them to get stuffed, that’s the end of your po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

“You just haven’t an­nounced it yet.

“I de­cided to pre-empt that and that’s why in 2016, stand­ing on the podium in front of you, I am now back in a state of mind that has me think­ing about pol­icy and agen­das and GST shares and growth of Pil­bara cities and all of the things I was do­ing back prior to 2008, be­cause I didn’t ac­tu­ally stick around to the point where I just yelled at jour­nal­ists.”

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