Malcolm’s “21st century” government

From the AFR:

Malcolm Turnbull has put a long overdue bomb under the Coalition, not just clearing out dead wood or Abbott loyalists but repositioning the government on key policy areas and, as a result, stealing the future from Labor.

The sheer scale of Turnbull’s renovations is breathtaking. There is no sense of the constraint of sentiment in the number of careers that have been brought to an abrupt end, or Turnbull’s preparedness to rocket rising stars straight into the cabinet. There is no time to lose, it seems, in letting people get more experience in junior ministries.

In one fell swoop on Sunday afternoon, Turnbull put both issues at the centre of remaking the image of the modern Liberals. The Prime Minister’s language was all about hope and the future. Indeed he said he was announcing a “21st-century government and a ministry for the future” and it was hard to argue with this.

More gushing came from Paul Kelly:

There has never been anything like this in our politics — a sweeping reconstruction and renewal of a first-term government.

There has been no election but there is a new government. Malcolm­ Turnbull has put his stamp all over the Liberal Party. The ­unifying concept, as he said, is “a contemporary 21st-century govern­ment”.

As a circuit-breaker, this is a decisiv­e moment. The key prin­ciples have been generational change, merit mostly, the eleva­tion of women and rewarding of supporters. Turnbull has been decisive­, ruthless and clever.

That very much remains to be seen. We have women and youth, more liberals and less loon ponders. A good start but the proof is in the pudding and any 21st century Australian economy will need to be based upon improving the competitiveness of the economy. That includes:

  • taxation reform
  • property regime reform
  • infrastructure
  • slower immigration
  • innovation reform

Anything short of material action in all five will leave Australia’s pre-historic economy rubbing two sicks together, digging up dirt and leveraging it into the publicly subsidised housing bubble instead of building a dynamic, competing and tradable economy.

And let’s not forget that the entire economy is hard wired to go the other way.

Here are the major changes from Fairfax:

  • Deputy Prime Minister Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister: Warren Truss
  • Foreign Minister: Julie Bishop
  • Trade and Investment Minister: Andrew Robb
  • Attorney General (Leader of the Government in the Senate): George Brandis
  • Treasurer: Scott Morrison
  • Assistant Treasurer, Small Business Minister: Kelly O’Dwyer
  • ​Industry, Innovation and Science Minister (Leader of the House): Christopher Pyne
  • Finance Minister (Deputy Leader of Government in the Senate): Mathias Cormann
  • ​Defence Minister: Marise Payne
  • ​Cabinet Secretary: Arthur Sinodinos
  • Agriculture and Water Minister: Barnaby Joyce
  • Indigenous Affairs Minister: Nigel Scullion
  • Resources, Energy and Northern Australia Minister: Josh Frydenberg
  • Immigration and Border Protection Minister: Peter Dutton
  • Environment Minister: Greg Hunt
  • Health and Sport Minister: Sussan Ley
  • Communications Minister, Arts Minister and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Digital Government (Manager of Government Business in the Senate): Mitch Fifield
  • Employment Minister, Minister for Women and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service: Michaelia Cash
  • Social Services Minister: Christian Porter
  • Education and Training Minister: Simon Birmingham
  • Territories, Local Government and Major Projects Minister: Paul Fletcher
  • International Development and Pacific Minister: Steven Ciobo
  • Tourism and International Education Minister and Minister Assting the Minister for Trade and Investment: Richard Colbeck
  • Justice Minister and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Counter Terrorism: Michael Keenan
  • Special Minister of State, Defence Materiel and Science Minister: Mal Brough
  • Cities and Built Environment Minister: Jamie Briggs
  • Rural Health Minister: Fiona Nash
  • Veterans’ Affairs Minister, Human Services Minister: Stuart Robert
  • Vocational Education and Skills Minister (Deputy Leader of the House): Luke Hartsuyker
  • Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister: Alan Tudge and James McGrath
  • Assistant Minister for Productivity: Peter Hendy
  • Assistant Minister for Cabinet Secretary: Scott Ryan
  • Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister: Michael McCormack
  • Assistant Minister for Multicultural Affairs: Concetta Fierravanti-Wells
  • Assistant Minister to the Treasurer: Alex Hawke
  • Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources: Anne Ruston
  • Assistant Minister for Science: Karen Andrews
  • Assistant Minister for Innovation: Wyatt Roy
  • Assistant Minister for Health: Ken Wyatt
  • Assistant Minister for Defence: Darren Chester

Still a solid rump of loon ponders in Finance, Immigration, Trade and Environment but is still a big improvement, in theory.

Houses and Holes

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the fouding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

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    • Mining BoganMEMBER

      Who would want to do it? It’s a toxic portfolio given its recent history.

      Only the most incompetent and desperate would do it. Hence Dutton.

    • Gives the nutters a sense of continuation on immigration policy. Also the gives the option to dump him later when he stuffs up next and the PM wants to look a bit hard.

    • Agree it’s a surprise. I guess it keeps the nutters happy that we’re still safe from impending doom by dingy. I enjoyed MT’s quip this morning when asked about whether he’ll continue with Tony Abbott’s ‘blue tie policy’: “I choose which tie I wear, and the manner in which I wear it.”

      • FiftiesFibroShack

        He’s there to push the “we stopped the boats” line at the next election. They need someone from the original team to repeat that slogan convincingly and ad nauseam.

    • oh he does, in short it is like this: take more from everyone and give it to the rich, but package it in the way that people thing it’s working for them … and of course when it becomes obvious blame it onto the innocent (asylum seekers, young and poor, sick and old, foreigners, communists, gays, asians, aboriginals,… )

      • Spot-on. Turnbull is no different to Abbott. They are both members of the fascist party, and they both believe politics should be dominated by the white man. Sure, he’s thrown a few token women into his cabinet, but the numbers are nowhere 50-50. He doesn’t like women any more than Abbott does. Turnbull detests racial minorities as much as Abbott does, and he’ll continue to bash them for electoral gain like Abbott did. If this blog thinks anything has changed with Turnbull in charge, it has been fooled. Only Bill Shorten can deliver this nation from the evil that currently controls it.

      • @ Robert

        You trully tainted your text with the very last sentence.
        Black, green, brown… if it stinks it is [email protected] indeed.

        Currently, no political party offers a solution. There is sufficient vested interest everywhere to prevent them from doing what has to be done. Further to this, no career politician will wan to be holding the steering wheel when the thing melts down, and it is already white hot.

      • Only Bill Shorten can deliver this nation from the evil that currently controls it.

        But Robert, Shorten will bring back emissions trading or a carbon tax, which is in direct opposition to your daft antiscience denier views. Have you thought this through ❓

      • R2A, the way we are going there will be few emissions left to tax.I’m all for that and:
        Coal is done for, Oh wait. how about Volkswagen smartening up their vehicle management software to detect when someone was monitoring the emission from their diesel engines and only then turning on the controls. Diesel has been the biggest con on – for the motorists, probably only to be exceeded by the Tesla battery packs for your home. Greenies are probably the easiest people on the planet to take for a ride, all emotion: no education.WW

      • the way we are going there will be few emissions left to tax

        Hi williwanka. Now you say that Aussies are soon to cease using coal-fired power plants and motor vehicles? Perhaps in your parallel universe, willeh 🙄

      • Most hydrocarbon cars in the cities will be gone in 10 years.

        That would be a staggeringly fast vehicle replacement rate. What do you think is going to drive it so fast ?

        Twenty years is a much more realistic timeframe to see a majority of [personal passenger] vehicles on the road electric or hybrids.

      • You guys don’t appear to appreciate the significance of what has just happened.
        MT will be a very very different prime minister than Tony Abbott.
        Scott Morrison will have a different focus that Joe in areas like housing and housing affordability.

        The reaction which characterized Tony Abbott is now gone.

      • Most hydrocarbon cars in the cities will be gone in 10 years.
        the bad news is that they will be replaced with larger number of some other type of car. Type of power-drive is not so much the problem as is the fact that we have more than one car per every person able to drive car.

      • Dr Smithy
        Mate modern cars are designed to have a life of about 7 years max.
        From the bearings in the various parts, to the cycles of temperature the electronic monitors can run before failure, to the low performance plastic on the harness connectors under the hood (under-hood heat really attacks these connectors) to the failure of the catalytic converters and the airbag systems. To moisture ingress in to the ABS monitors. And failure of the in fuel tank fuel pumps.
        To the life of the radiator and AC condensers corroded from atmospheric pollution, (from those bloody diesel VW’s and Audi’s polluting up the place)
        If you say an average car is 2 years old, that will start the cycle.
        To repair and maintain a car in the future will well exceed its value.

      • “modern cars are designed to have a life of about 7 years max”

        now there’s a figure that just been plucked from nowhere, just to support your argument.

        Are you really suggesting that new cars that are bought today are worthless (not worth using) after 7 years? Sure, they might need some major maintenance, but would you just throw away a 7 year old car?

        come off it

      • DR 127
        Grab hold of any bearings manual and look up the life of any of the major bearings used in the motor, transmission, wheels for your car. You will find if you do the calcs that life is about 5 years. WW

      • Mate modern cars are designed to have a life of about 7 years max.

        What’s “modern” in your world ?

        The average vehicle age in Australia is 10.something years, and that’s after fifteen-odd years of “equity mate” and novated leasing. It’s 11.something in the USA and 8.something in Europe. It’s relatively low in Japan, but that’s because they have registration rules that “encourage” frequent vehicle turnover (hence all those cheap grey imports).

        My own car came seven years old a few months back and has had no major issues despite being a relatively unreliable Golf GTI w/DSG. My motorcycles are nine and twelve. My parents’ vehicles are twelve (Mazda3) and eight (Mazda2).

        So I’m going to call bullshit on “about 7 years max” unless vehicle manufacturing has taken a mind-boggling turn for the worse within the last five years or so, which would require some pretty serious evidence to support. Given the number of mid’90s Hyundai Excels I still see around the place, I cannot even begin to believe contemporary vehicles will only last “about 7 years max”.

      • @drsmitty

        7years life span is something taken as a MTBF.
        Only 25 yeats ago, MTBF was measured in number of decades.
        The fact is that modern cars are consumables rather then a mean of traansportation. Modern cars are becoming obsolete. Think of TV’s 40 years ago. My parents took a loan to by a colour tv in late 60’s and we had that tv until late 80’s only because it did not have teletext. Next tv was a cash purchase.
        Cars are now changed not because of failure but because the Bluetooth is incompatible with an iPhone or because rear view camera is not in 1080p. The whole system is pushing for cosunerism and that is why now you will not get a car being made for 19 years ( Mercedes R/C107) but rather 5, 6 or 7 years …

        Tjink of cars as a pair of shoes. Only a few decades ago, shoes were repairable item, something you had for long time.

      • Bollocks.

        In 1995, the average vehicle age was 10.4 years:$File/93090_1995.pdf

        If you want to convince me that we’re going to turn over the whole vehicle fleet within a decade, after 20+ years of the *average* age being over ten years, you’ll need to do a lot better than thinly veiled grumbling about “kids these days”.

        If the last twenty years of “equity mate” and novated leasing rorts still hasn’t seen a significant downwards change in the average vehicle age, the next ten of high unemployment, low wage growth and a falling dollar sure as hell won’t.

  1. I cannot do anything else but than laugh out loud

    it will take just few months for the same people to start telling completely the opposite story

    Malcolm and his government is just one big Murdoch orchestrated media stunt to keep status quo where rich are becoming richer at warp speed and everyone else is becoming poorer.

    • This +1.

      What’s astonishing is that MB has fallen for this financial spiv’s waffle.

      “We have to work more agilely, more innovatively, we have to be more nimble in the way we seize the enormous opportunities presented to us. We’re not seeking to proof ourselves against the future. We are seeking to embrace it,”

      It’s basically Kevin Rudd 2.0.

      • And just like that, a new series of free entertainment begins.

        There is comedy, there is tragedy and then there is Australian federal politics.

      • look at him, he is rich but never is his life created anything except money; nothing productive, useful, beautiful, … nothing that created any benefit for the society, yet the society (our economic system) rewarded him with the money he now uses to buy productive, useful and beautiful things

    • “Malcolm and his government is just one big Murdoch orchestrated media stunt”

      If you believe that then you have no concept of what has happened.
      Murdoch + 2GB has run hard against Malcolm Turnbull.
      Murdoch hates Turnbull.

      • he hates him far less than Greens or Labor, plus they may have the same master who ordered Murdoch to like him now.
        It’s not Murdoch who decided to replace Abbott, so he was just told to do replacement look like a genuine change.

      • Don’t get too carried away with the conspiracy theory stuff.
        Tony was Murdoch’s boy and he supported him to the bitter end.

  2. Turnbull has given no indication he actually understands that we are months away from a soul crushing recession that will scad the place for a generation .
    He will tweak some taxes here and there but there will be no wholesale change that recognises the old economy is dead.
    This country needs something along the lines of the Apollo program in public investment and innovation. Along with a massive attack on rent seekers .
    Malcolm is just as flawed as the others . Probably on par with Kevin more then Julia or Tony.

    • Correct. Looks to me as Turnstile is shaping up as the next Gough Whitlam.
      Abbott will be laughing his tits off. Shorten just has to lie low for a while.
      The enormity of the economic tsunami is going to swamp this new team, they will be calling for their mothers.

      • Morrison in Afr apparently says he will take same determination etc he used to stop the boats to stopping the debt with federal budget. Any zealot/dick head could balance the budget overnight it’s what happens to the economy after that is the problem. Does this bloke have any economic training at all ?
        Or did

      • Correct Rod. But what’s going to happen is that all the FIRE sector ponzinomics that’s been baked into the Australian economy now going back a generation is going to come apart during Turnbull’s term and the population will bay for his blood, while every man, woman and dog will be demanding to go back to the “good old days” under Howard, you know, pumping the friggin property bubble that’s undermining the productive economy.

      • The big challenge in the coming recession is preventing capital flight. If the budget position continues to deteriorate, the goverment’s credit rating will drop. When our banks cannot roll over their debt cheap enough, it’s game over.
        Nobody has been able to balance the budget since 2008. It is not as easy as announcing some cuts : you need something that will pass the Senate.

      • @WW
        “Correct. Looks to me as Turnstile is shaping up as the next Gough Whitlam”
        Wash your mouth out! Gough was unique & none since could hold a candle to him. He was ahead of his time & Australia was very lucky to have him. I’m proud I was there to vote for him.

    • Mining BoganMEMBER

      They know. It’s just that they don’t want to spook the horses. Not until they’ve recession proofed themselves anyway.

      Malcolm has history in those circumstances.

      • Even if MT wanted to act on HnH’s five key items above, the entire cabinet would vote him down. Is the darling of the centre – a status earned on social policy, not economic – the ultimate fall-guy?

        I see a real prisoners’ dilemma ahead among lenders to Oz banks: the first out loses least.

        Debt that can’t be paid won’t be paid.

        Don’t Buy Now!

  3. As I stated yesterday, I found the appointment of Pyne over Macfarlane disturbing. I mean, proponent of school chaplains in science portfolio? I hope Turnbull knows what he is doing.

    And don’t tell me that this is a part of Turnbull’s plot to set Pyne up for failure so that he can get rid of him…… or maybe this IS the 21st century way of doing things?

    • Mining BoganMEMBER

      Wasn’t Macfarlane dirty on his party after Bozo dared the car makers to leave? The faceless men have long memories.

      Big chance he’ll go at the next election.

      • This cabinet reshuffle was quite comprehensive. Are you suggesting that Turnbull could not find a better candidate than Pyne?

      • Mining BoganMEMBER

        Well, he probably could, but that’s assuming that the power brokers of the party should be fair minded and clear thinking.

    • Maybe Pyne has confided in MT that he is on board with the science. So is the Pope, so I do not see a problem just because of his school chaplains decision.

  4. Just feel the MSM lurrv for the new leader. In Australia it lasts for about 6 months then the voters want to see new leaders.
    The photoshop effects on the pic of MT are disturbing. It resembles a screenshot from a 1980s music video.

    • The Beast is still happily digesting its latest kill. Many will be perched on the couch tonight with a bottle of red watching 4 Corners while ecstatically masturbating over their twitter feeds. They’ll be hungry for another kill soon enough.

      “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Eleanor Roosevelt.

      Don’t expect too many ideas to be raised in tonight’s program. And that’s just how we like it.

    • Why do you say 6 months. From the tenor of comments on this page, Turnbull has already been written off in under a week.

      • “Why do you say 6 months. From the tenor of comments on this page, Turnbull has already been written off in under a week”

        It’s just reality.

  5. There are already changes in Infrastructure. It isn’t only roads apparently. Industry Innovation and Science has been given to a Minister that knows he has a lot of cred to crawl back if he is to survive the next election. Taxation will be reviewed – harder to guess what will happen there. The rest we will see. Immigration attitudes have been almost baked in to the mass of the electorate. Introducing sanity on that topic might take longer than we might like. Economy and Wealth inequality – it would only have got worse faster under Abbott. I guess we’ll find out. My concern is the property crunch. Turnbull will take the blame, quite wrongly.

  6. Listen to you lot. The perpetually disgruntled. Next thing someone will pipe up with Labor’s line “new government/minister/whatever, old message”.

    Ahhhh. I see they already have. Malcontents never change….

    • Yeh
      Talking of Labor, Shorten must be getting nervous. I believe he’s currently busy practicing his amnesiac routines to get fit for his next Royal Commission performance. A bit difficult when you’re also having to watch Brutus and the boys coming up behind you on the way to the senate…

      • Nah! rob! If he reads the transcript of Sinodinos’ testimony he’ll know exactly what to say
        “I know nothing! I saw nothing!”

    • Of course, people are perpetually disgruntled on the web!! You can’t keep complaining in real social life, so all the fun of complaining will end up online.

      Plus, a cynic will always find a flaw in anything that he can complain about.

    • So far the message is MT has to be Abbott lite or the guys you support will revolt and cause a schism along religious lines int he Liberals.

      Me thinks MT has to worry more about (un)friendly fire from behind that he does from Shorten, unless Shorten now starts to release all that policy he claimed we’d get this year.

      MT is currently very constrained in what he can do, and on issues that have the polls positive for him, like global warming and SS marriage, he’s had to be Abbott lite. That’s going to lose him a lot of support over the coming months.

      Can he announce some decent policy for the next budget? Time will tell. if not, the election will be very close, especially if they can’t massage the GDP stats enough to stop a technical recession from being declared.

      • I reckon he CAN be reformist as long as Shorten continues to disappoint – and that seems a given.
        Turnbull has a lot more political capital to use against the ALP and a lot more popularity capital to burn among his detractors within the LNP.

      • There’s a big IF there though Gramus. If (and only if) Turnbull can hold his party together while still moving toward less right-wing policies (or at least convincing voters that he has done so).

        Abbott lost 30 Newspolls in a row when he was PM – Turnbull lost 30 in a row when he was opposition leader. Sure Shorten is hopeless but I don’t think the election result is a foregone conclusion.

    • Ha ha ha! Not me, 3D! I’m as happy as a very fat pig that stole Gina’s dinner. Malcolm will raise the level of political discourse that your boy, Tony, worst PM ever, ruined. He will force Labor to up their game. And most importantly, he’s leaving negative gearing and CGT discount alone, which means that when the Australian economy implodes, there’ll be no recent tweaks to those things to blame it on.

  7. How did Dutton keep his position?

    Why isn’t Ken Wyatt the Ministers for Indigineous Affairs

    We should have an administrator with half a sporting capability as sports minister

    At least we have a minister for science again

    • I can’t believe Brandis is still there he’s the biggest threat to Australia worn the sorry of ideas and attitudes he has. I can live with the other 2 loony tunes

      • As you know, you have the right to make fun of that fat pig, because it correctly stated that everyone had a right to be a bigot!!

  8. FiftiesFibroShack

    Give them a chance. Do you really want them to fail and the loon pond to grab the wheel again?

    The best chance they have to deliver what many here at MB want is success in the polls. Success for MT will shelves the loons and make some rational policy possible.

  9. “The big challenge in the coming recession is preventing capital flight”

    Yes! The big NEED if we are to do anything at all with this economy is to get control of the capital markets. It’s too late in fact but all the reforms nominated by HnH above are a waste of time and social dislocation unless we are prepared to take back some control over the value of our own currency.

  10. Was listening to MT ion the TV this morning. I got sick of him repeating himself saying all we need is a bit of pep in the business and consumer space and she’ll be right mate. Argh.

    he definitely didn’t sound that eloquent and seemed to be saying the same thing over and over again to get away from really answering many of the questions put to him.

  11. Two Bobs WorthMEMBER

    Turnbull has the annoying habit of starting a sentence and then starting another one whilst he’s still halfway through the first one. Hopefully, he won’t govern in such a way where he loses interest in something a few days after the headlines.

  12. You guys like Turnbull because he’s a bit charismatic, a bit popular, and you hated Abbott. OK, I get that. But when it comes to technology policy, Malcolm Turnbull has been a disaster for this nation. Malcolm should be remembered as Australia’s worst ever Communications Minister. It was Turnbull who totally demolished the NBN and dreamt up the draconian Data Retention and Internet piracy laws. Turnbull has a strong draconian streak in his personality and I fear we’re now going to pay. We’re facing our darkest days.

    • “Malcolm should be remembered as Australia’s worst ever Communications Minister.” Realy !!!
      You remember Luddite extraordinaire Richard Alston under Howard ? I actually met that guy at a function once and i can assure you while MT may not be your cup of tea, when you meet the countries communication minister and he says “Cant see the point of this Internets, quicker to post a letter” (im paraphrasing here) you gotta wonder.

      ” dreamt up the draconian Data Retention and Internet piracy laws”
      Try Brandis. You remember he had a staff member in his office that worked for Village roadshow and the guy at village road show who wants to “sue all thieving pirates” out of existence.

      • “Try Brandis.”

        And Labor. They’ve been wanting the laws for many years now. Only the Greens and Liberal Democrats have clean hands on these issues.

    • My take on the NBN, and I’m happy to be shown to be wrong, was that Abbott gave the portfolio to MT as a crown of thorns in the hope that MT would blow himself up. All politicians get put into situations where they’re forced to sell things they disagree with. Look at the ALP on same sex marriage when they were in charge. Have we forgiven Penny Wong for that?

      • You’re right McPaddy and Peter is wrong. Abbott wanted to destroy the NBN completely and Turnbull at least convinced him to retain it in some for.

        Turnbull also wasn’t the brains behind data retention – that was Brandis – though he did intervene when Brandis utterly screwed up selling the policy. And let’s not forget that Labor has wanted metadata retention for many years and voted with the government to pass it.

  13. First order of business should be cracking down on the banks. Everything else is derivative. Sound finance is meaningless when there is a group of rogues amassing a contingent liability on the taxpayer every single day with their own greed. A serious government would firewall the commercial banking system from the superannuation system, hold the executives personally responsible for not meeting APRA regulation, hold directors personally responsible for corruption scandals (starting with CBA), tell boards they can’t pay out dividends etc etc.

    • +1
      Suspending majority of dividends should be first order of business for all banks effective immediately until reasonable capital actually exists in each of them. Do it in unison so no favouritism or relative problems between the listed banks. Shareholders should experience a higher share price in lieu of dividend payout, and if they need cashflow, sell some shares – brokerage is very, very cheap – and CGT discount ensures you pay fk all tax anyway.

    • to Sweeper re.: “First order of business should be cracking down on the banks.”
      “A serious government would firewall the commercial banking system from the superannuation system”
      and “…hold the executives/directors …”
      YES!….by the balls, without question.

      I am impressed by Turnstiles efforts but he has had at least 6 years to prepare …..Hmmmn, did wonder why the NBN rollout was lagging/a mess……time better spent elsewhere, obviously.
      Not enough women on show. Points though for appointing some young bloods.
      I would like to see results on the ‘jobs’ board – more jobs created for Australian voters – before passing an overall comment on this new cabinet that has been shaken but not stirred.

  14. The Libs will allow Malcolm to lead them to victory at the next election.
    Then they will ditch him, the religious far right may be fanatical wing nuts but they are very well organised & very determined, & well resourced.

  15. For those wondering what our new Treasurer is all about read below..I am only part way through it, I know its from the Monthly but seems to confirm my suspicion that the Libs are going all bat shit Republican crazy.
    The only way to get preselected is to out Born again Christian/Immigrant hate/Science Deny, while being a raving lunatic obsessed by power.
    I am officially worried.