With new federal portfolios being announced, including an ‘Assistant Minister for the Republic’, a reader has suggested another new role be created – ‘Minister for Common Sense’. “The new minister could look at some intriguing issues such as why Australia’s strategic reserve of petrol is stored thousands of kilometres away in the United States and why we are planning for submarines which will be obsolete when they finally arrive – the lessons from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine show the future is in drones – air, land and under sea.

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