Wacka’s hip op to ease pain, help run rate

MOVING SLOWER: Senator John Williams, at home on the farm with wife Nancy Capel, is recovering from a hip replacement over Christmas. Photo: FairfaxNATIONALS senator John Williams is having a happy, hippy holiday.

The Inverell-based politician is taking it easy over the festive season – and not just because it’s that time of the year and the political landscape is one of laid back times and generally quieter electorate duties.

The 59-year-old sheep farmer turned federal senator underwent a hip replacement on December 12 so he’s convalescing at home – and not moving too fast anywhere.

According to his electorate officer Greg Kachel, he’s been in enormous pain for the past little while but hopes the surgery will do the trick.

“He had suffered for many months with a right hip problem which is the legacy of his years of shearing, farming or old age, there’s various opinions on that.

“He opted to wait until parliament rose before having the op and will be recuperating through to the end ofJanuary.”

Despite being laid up and left legless to some extent, Senator Williams has probably turned some attention to the cricket season as a pick-me-up.

He’s also looking for tips.

He’s also hoping the operation will be successful for other reasons, including his sporting prowess.

He’s been a member of the pollies cricket team that matches it with the media mob each year since entering federal parliament in 2008.

According to Mr Kachel, the man mostly known as “Wacka” Williams, fancies himself as a bit of a bat.

“When he last played for the pollies in 2012 he top scored,” Mr Kachel reported. “He claims he will be able to run many quick singles (if the operation is a success).”

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