All Politicians Should Be Like Nicole Cornes

Whenever we travel interstate we always make a point of buying a copy of the local newspaper. We find it useful when it comes to jotting these notes to understand what the hot topics are – what is on the mind of the man on the street, what families are discussing around the kitchen table – in the city we are visiting.

Imagine our delight when we purchased a copy of The Advertiser (or the ‘Tizer as it is affectionately known in Adelaide) at Adelaide Airport yesterday morning to see the headline “BACKLASH.”

What could it all mean? Something to do with Kevin from Brisbane perhaps? Or maybe a response to the new policy on uranium mining unveiled by the Australian Labor Party at the weekend?

Nope. Much more exciting than that. It was local celebrity Nicole Cornes [who?] and her woeful performance before the cameras for her first press conference as the new ALP candidate for the electorate of Boothby [where that?]

Whether she deserved the bad press or not we don’t know. In fact we don’t care. The scandal of it according to the local media is that Ms. Cornes hadn’t briefed herself on ALP policy and annoyed the press by asking them not to ask her any difficult questions.

It appears that she was unable to express an opinion on anything either because she didn’t know the answer or didn’t know what her new party’s position was on the matter.

Our only comment on this is that maybe it would be better for everyone if more politicians were like Ms. Cornes – it may make for a whole lot less nonsense being spoken.

Kris Sayce
Markets and Money

Kris Sayce
Kris Sayce, dubbed the ‘Jeremy Clarkson of Australian finance’, began as a London finance broker specialising in small-cap stock analysis on London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM). Kris then spent several years at one of Australia's leading wealth management firms. A fully accredited advisor in shares, options, warrants and foreign-exchange investments, Kris was instrumental in helping to establish the Australian version of the Markets and Money e-newsletter in 2005. He is currently the Publisher, Investment Director and Editor in Chief of Australia's most outspoken financial news service — Money Morning.

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I agree that it would be better if more politicians spoke their mind instead of the party line, but don’t you think people should only run for political office if they genuinely think they can represent and serve the community well? I may be wrong, but I get the impression that Ms Cornes has very little understanding of (or interest in) crucial current political issues.

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