From first drop to cap­tain for deputy PM McCor­mack

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS -

A SPORTS-MAD for­mer jour­nal­ist is about to get his first crack at the cap­taincy.

Michael McCor­mack will be act­ing prime min­is­ter this week for the first time since be­ing el­e­vated to the Na­tion­als lead­er­ship.

In con­trast to the po­lit­i­cal storm that led to Barn­aby Joyce’s res­ig­na­tion, Mr McCor­mack has made a steady, if un­spec­tac­u­lar, start as Na­tion­als leader. The for­mer news­pa­per editor hasn’t pro­duced front-page head­lines, a wel­come change for the Na­tion­als af­ter Mr Joyce’s af­fair threw the coali­tion off course. Mr McCor­mack, 53, said he was “hon­oured and ex­cited” to take on the role while Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull is in Eu­rope for two weeks at diplo­matic meet­ings and An­zac cer­e­monies.

That means the for­mer vet­er­ans’ af­fairs min­is­ter will be in charge of the na­tion as it com­mem­o­rates An­zac Day.

He lists mil­i­tary his­tory among his pas­sions and noted the im­por­tance of April 25 on the na­tion’s cal­en­dar.

This week Mr McCor­mack will jet around the coun­try with a fo­cus on re­gional Vic­to­ria, NSW and Queens­land.

“I think it’s im­por­tant to get out and about, es­pe­cially in the re­gions as often as pos­si­ble, be­cause it is my most im­por­tant job to lis­ten to and speak for re­gional peo­ple,” he said.

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