Former Defence Minister Senator John Faulkner.
Former Defence Minister Senator John Faulkner.

Senator to adjudicate trivia night

HE has spent almost 20 years in Federal Parliament but Senator John Faulkner's biggest political test might come tonight as he adjudicates the Coraki Art Prize trivia night.

About 150 people will lobby the former defence minister and Cabinet secretary for points during the evening, as one of the sharpest political minds in Australia plays quiz master.

Trivia organiser Melva Thompson said she was thrilled to have Senator Faulkner back in Coraki after he made his debut at the trivia night last year.

“For Coraki to have a senator come and do our trivia night is a terrific boost,” she said.

And, like many a political deal, it all happened over lunch.

“Last year, John came to lunch at our place in Coraki with the aim of talking my husband, George, into coming out of retirement and to go back and work for him,” Mrs Thompson said.

“John is known in Canberra circles as a quiz master extraordinaire. He offered to help me out in exchange for George going back to Canberra.”

Mrs Thompson said contestants would need to bring their A-game to the trivia tables tonight, as Senator Faulkner not only works on the questions himself but knows how to command a room.

“John is a very relaxed, amusing quiz master,” Mrs Thompson said.

“He holds the audience in his hand. It must be his training as a special education teacher.”

Yesterday Senator Faulkner told the Northern Star he was looking forward to trading question time for trivia.

“I hope the combat of wills between quiz master and participants will make the event a local highlight,” he said.

Mrs Thompson said Senator Faulkner's appearance emphasised the town's growing reputation as an arts hub.

“Coraki is a wonderful riverside town with an increasing number of artists as residents, many of whom have national and international reputations,” she said.

All money raised from the trivia night, which will be held at the Coraki Golf Club, will go towards the 12th Coraki Art Prize.

Entries for the award close on October 18.



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