Phone Calls

The subsequent exploration of the non-indigenous side of the family tree* left Ballantyne confident that side of Section 44 held no threats as far as the citizenship side of things was concerned.

* See Ballantyne and the Family Tree.

The other provisions were trickier. 

Ballantyne was sure that if he managed to get up the incumbent CLP Senator would be looking straight down the Section 44 road to save his seat.

Ballantyne, or rather the Ballantyne Family Trust, would pay for the advice and he'd want a preliminary opinion about the most obvious sticking points with Medicare providers working in a medical centre by Wednesday if at all possible. 

He wasn't quite sure exactly what might constitute a pecuniary interest in some matter that related to the Commonwealth government, but Medicare rebates were a distinct possibility.

And while the whole list of things to watch for might take a while to collate, it would be nice to have something to be going on with for the practice meeting on Wednesday night.

The next call went to his uncle Don, a primary school principal who had spent most of his career in indigenous schools around North Queensland and, predictably, had contacts in the Territory.

Des probably had most of them, but when his uncle rattled off a string of names a couple failed to register. The complete list with all the relevant contact details would be in Des' email in-tray sometime tomorrow.


© Ian Hughes 2017