Northern Territory Chief Minister Terry Mills is the latest Coalition politician to be stood down for not doing his homework.
According to Country Liberals insiders, Mr Mills was replaced as Chief Minister after failing to present a talk to the party on the subject, “Why the Northern Territory is Great”. Mr Mills’ explanation that he was in Japan at the time of the talk was dismissed by supporters of new leader Adam Giles as “a likely story” and an indication that Mills could no longer be trusted in a position of authority.
The events in the Northern Territory come a week after Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu was stood down in similar circumstances for failing to prepare a speech on the topic, “Why the Coalition has not ruined Victoria”.
Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott expressed regret at the changes in leadership but said that they were a necessary consequence of the Coalition’s adoption of Cricket Australia’s zero tolerance homework policy.
“Any policy that protects Australia from Shane Watson is good policy,” said Mr Abbott. “The Coalition wholeheartedly supports Cricket Australia’s pursuit of excellence. Hopefully this is a lesson to everyone in Australia, including state and territory leaders, that there is no excuse for not doing your homework.”