Sensible Tim Storer seeks Treasury repair at exit

Via The Australian:

Senator Storer said if an ­incoming Labor government dragged the Senate back before June 30 to ram through part of its policy platform before the composition of the upper house changes following the election, he would attempt to push the government to ban Treasury costings of opposition parties.

“Treasury and all other government agencies must be banned by law from costing policies and policy options other than those of the government of the day,” Senator Storer told The Australian.

“The government has politicised Treasury, abused and ­compromised its integrity, independence and reputation, by trying to use its perceived authority to cost Labor’s policies. But Labor has form here, too, doing much the same thing in 2013.”

Good stuff.

Sadly for Australia, Senator Storer is hanging up his shingle, at the ABC:

South Australian independent senator Tim Storer will not seek re-election in next month’s federal election, saying he cannot commit to the job for a full six-year term with his young family.

It brings the senator’s political career to an end after just over 400 days in Parliament.

Senator Storer said he made the “difficult” decision after long consideration of what running again would mean for his family.

“I am deeply appreciative of the support I have received from many members of the community and the respect with which I have been treated by my fellow senators and other parliamentarians.”

Senator Storer ran on the Nick Xenophon Team Senate ticket in the 2016 election but was not declared elected.

He later fell out with Nick Xenophon and quit his party, launching an unsuccessful bid to the High Court to take Mr Xenophon’s place when he resigned in 2017 to return to South Australian state politics.

But he did secure a spot in the Senate the following year, replacing former senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore last March when she fell afoul of section 44 of the constitution.

Difficult path to re-election

Senator Storer would have faced an uphill battle to be re-elected as an independent because of his peculiar path to the Senate, relatively low profile, and the fact that this is not a double dissolution election, meaning he would need a sizeable bump to his vote.

Ms Kakoschke-Moore is now seeking to regain the seat for the rebranded Centre Alliance party.

Senator Storer becomes the latest in a string of MPs and senators to leave politics for family reasons.

Labor MP Kate Ellis is quitting politics to spend more time with her family, as is Liberal frontbencher Kelly O’Dwyer.

Former Member for Perth Tim Hammond quit last year, saying at the time that he “did not anticipate the profound effect [his] absence would have” on his entire family.

It sparked discussion at the time about whether the political system can be more family friendly.

‘I have been as good as my word’

Senator Storer identified his strongest achievements in the job as the electric vehicle inquiry, and last year’s “medevac” bill to give doctors more power over asylum seeker medical transfers.

He said he was proud to have opposed the Federal Government’s $36 billion company tax package.

“I have been as good as my word and hope to have contributed to the standard of debate and the quality of legislation over these 14 months,” he said.

“Thoughtful and principled independents have an important role to play, as I hope I have demonstrated.

“I urge voters to consider that as they weigh up who to support on May 18.”

Senator Storer is exactly the kind of guy we need in Parliament. Someone who hates power and the limelight and makes conscientious national interest decisions, the precise opposite of the narcissists that have overrun the place.

For a short term he had an outsized impact, doing the nation an enormous favour killing the Turnbull corporate tax cut brain fart.

He will be missed.

Comments

  1. HadronCollision

    it’s a pity, re-election challenges notwithstanding, we couldn’t arrange some flexible working arrangements like we have for Christensen, to let Tim spend more time with his family

    Big loss

  2. I spent some time with Tim through our sons’ football and can report that he is a thoroughly good man as well as being a first rate senator.

  3. He seems like an intelligent and decent man who was thinking hard and trying to do the right thing for the country. On the other hand, you have…ah fcuk…can’t choose…the list of vile, venal, worthless, self-serving mongrel cnuts is too long…

  4. kannigetMEMBER

    The Incumbent Should also be banned from having their policies costed. But how do you enforce it when you have an election just out of budget season. If Treasury are not allowed to analyse the budgets of the “Non governing ” parties how is the electorate supposed to get a decent idea of the differences?

    Oh, I know that the budget analysis of treasury is usually pure fantasy but most people dont know that.