There isn’t much that I share with Joe Hockey–apart from a generous girth–but my response to the announcement earlier this week by NT Chief Minister Adam Giles that the COAG meeting had endorsed his bid for NT statehood by 2018 matched Joe’s.
Joe was standing before a pack of snappers and scribblers, laughing like a drain. When I heard the news on the ABC I laughed so hard that I nearly drove off the road into one.
Despite the hype following the Giles announcement, the COAG missive was a modest one-liner squeezed in at the fag end of the communiqué:
Leaders also supported the Northern Territory Chief Minister’s resolve for the NT to become Australia’s seventh state by 1 July 2018. The Chief Minister will report on progress at the next meeting of COAG.
Just in case you might believe this tosh the NT will NOT be getting Statehood by 2018 or anytime soon after.