If there was a Most Improved Player award handed out at the end of this parliamentary year, it would have to go to the Treasurer Joe Hockey.
Even though he’s been described as a pale imitation of Peter Costello (who in turn was a pale imitation of Paul Keating), Hockey has been the standout parliamentary performer.
That’s not to say he didn’t start from a low base: the sobriquet ‘Sloppy Joe’ stuck for a reason. Hockey was an ill-disciplined shadow treasurer, not always on top of his brief and very bad at fudging when he didn’t know the answer.
But three months since the …