In the days when Rollover strolled the corridors of the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery he noted the manner in which certain Parliamentarians sought to use the committee system to advance their political careers.
Labor’s former Senator John Faulkner comes to mind as someone who earned high praise for his forensic interrogations of Government departments, while sometime helicopter passenger and former speaker, Bronwyn Bishop, also earned her spurs in the committee rooms.
So, who among the current crop of politicians seem to be utilising the committee rooms to navigate a path to power?
Rollover noted that former journalist, Victorian Liberal Sarah Henderson, was exhibiting Bishopesque tendencies in her summation of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics review of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, but she has strong competition from the upper house.
For his money, Rollover is backing the chair of the Senate Economics Committee, Liberal Senator Jane Hume, who has the distinction of having worked for AustralianSuper but who has thereafter exhibited little love for the industry funds movement.
In terms of appearance and technique, Rollover reckons Hume is channelling “the Ron”.