As the Government turns up the heat in this campaign and tries to araldite the 70% Union Bosses tag to Mr, Rudds forehead, damning information about the Governments own front bench has surfaced which places this debate in a whole new light.
It is only fair then to place Mr. Howards front bench under similar scrutiny.
Detailed analysis of the work history of the cabinet by one of Club Troppos most highly qualified correspondents has revealed a startling fact. Over 60% of Mr. Howards key team are lawyers.
Is this representative? Lets find out.
There are roughly 40,000 practicing lawyers in Australia (allowing for 11% growth since 2002) amongst a total workforce of 10.5 Million people, which means that lawyers constitute less than 0.4% of the working population.
If youre as smart as I think you are then youll be starting to see that far from being representative, these numbers suggest the opposite. Unrepresentativeness.
Applying some mathematics to aid the comparison we are able to see how unrepresentative the two front benches actually are.
ALP Unrepresentativeness = 70/20 = 3.5.
Liberal Unrepresentiveness = 60/0.4 = 150.
Unrepresentativeness ratio = 150/3.5 = 42.
In other words the Liberals are forty two times more unrepresentative than Labor. I know it sounds implausible. But its true.
Heres the list for those not yet convinced by my rusty, but luckily still functioning, second form Maths.
John Howard. (Lawyer)
Peter Costello. (Lawyer)
Mark Vaile. (Real Estate Agent)
Alexander Downer. (Political hack, Diplomat)
Anthony Abbott (Journalist, Political hack)
Philip Ruddock. (Laywer)
Nicholas Minchin. (Lawyer)
Warren Truss. (Farmer)
Dr Brendan Nelson. (Doctor)
Ian Macfarlane. (Farmer)
Kevin Andrews. (Lawyer)
Helen Coonan. (Lawyer)
Peter McGauran. (Lawyer)
Julie Bishop. (Lawyer)
Malcolm Brough. (Miltary)
Joseph Hockey. (Lawyer)
Malcolm Turnbull. (Lawyer)
Christopher Ellison. (Lawyer)
Cast your eyes over that list again, and ponder a few of the other professions that constitute the Howard teams collective work history. Amongst them are some other highly suspicious entries. Namely: Real Estate Agent, Journalist and Alexander Downer
Ill make no judgement about the worthiness or otherwise of these various professions, and their value as a training ground for responsible high office, except to draw your attention to the view of thousands of readers of that most esteemed publication Readers Digest, and note that a survey conducted this year judges 100% of the Howard cabinet as currently involved in one of the most untrustworthy of professions (by virtue of they being politicians), and a staggering 72% coming back for a double dip with a second equally untrustworthy profession in their CV Bringing the entire untrustworthiness ranking of the Howard Cabinet to a whopping 172%
Dont believe me? Well believe the Readers Digest.
Least trusted professions:
32. Business executives
33. Taxi drivers
35. Real estate agents
36. Sex workers
37. Psychics and astrologers
39. Car salesmen