The media has been full of commentary on the fact that Scott Morrison seems to be carrying the ball in the lead-up to the budget. Joe Hockey appears to be effectively sidelined, sitting on the bench until he’s called into play on budget night.
Okay, so that’s how the sporting metaphor works and Scott Morrison had a go but he is no Lou Richards
Commenting on his role in the pre –budget buildup, Morrison said:
“It’s not unlike, you know, the way that a prop forward takes the ball up,” said the Cronulla Sharks diehard.
“I’ll be the prop forward taking it up and he can be the one who will score the try and that’s what he’ll be doing on budget day.”
Hockey, Morrison said, is our “Greg Bird”.
For those of you who are from south of the border, Greg Bird is one of the NRL’s hard men. Currently with the Titans, he a regular in the New South Wales State of Origin and plays for Australia.
It’s a great compliment, Bird is one of Australia’s great rugby league players.
He is also one of the game’s biggest bad boys, is currently suspended for eight weeks for a potentially fatal lifting tackle, has been fined for public urination and faces charges of cocaine supply and possession.
He has also been in and out of court on charges of “glassing” his girlfriend. It was reported that she underwent surgery for a fractured eye socket and facial injuries. Convicted and sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, he appealed his sentence and, after his girlfriend appeared in court with him, his sentence was overturned.
In recent days, there have been calls for him to be banned for life.
So did got Morrison really get it so wrong?
Or will Joe Hockey be playing in the reserves from now on?