It smells to high heaven, via the AFR:
Scott Morrison and senior partners from consultancy EY will be called to appear before a Senate committee to explain career moves by former ministers Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop.
…The vote, held on Monday afternoon, was delayed after Prime Minister Scott Morrison agreed to ask his departmental head Martin Parkinson to review the appointments and the applications of the rules.
Dr Parkinson’s review, tabled on Monday morning, found Mr Pyne and Ms Bishop had not breached ministerial standards.
…Senator Patrick said he found Dr Parkinson’s report “troubling” because it did not disclose the original reasons provided when Mr Pyne’s EY role was revealed in The Australian Financial Review last month.
In those statements, Mr Pyne told the Financial Review: “I’m looking forward to providing strategic advice to EY, as the firm looks to expand its footprint in the Defence Industry”.
Jeez, Parko, what a stinker. Another feather for Centre Alliance.
Arguably, Christopher Pyne is the most corrupt politician in the history of the world. If we count in terms of dollar cost to the taxpayer the numbers are out of this world. This ridiculous ex-minister cost Australia countless billions and our national security when the Turnbull Government elected to build $200bn of subs in Pyne’s electorate to save him from a Xenophon Team push.
Recall from defense expert Brian Toohey three years ago:
…The government’s refusal to go with an off-the-shelf design will cost more billions, because the first of new submarines won’t be operational until after 2030 and the last until almost 2060.
This means the decrepit Collins class submarines will have to be kept going for more than 20 years beyond their planned 2025 retirement date – necessitating new capital spending and very high maintenance and operating costs that will soon pass $1 billion a year.
…Where were Scott Morrison and Mathias Cormann when this decision was taken? The government’s estimates of the added costs of local construction shows it will take more than $20 billion more simply to try to win a couple of Coalition seats in Adelaide.
$20bn extra for Chris Pyne’s seat? Phewy. Try $175bn, later at the AFR:
The Turnbull government’s hopes of getting Senate backing for a fresh wave of company tax cuts continue to sink, with a key crossbencher warning they are becoming unaffordable because of the ballooning cost to build and operate 12 new submarines.
Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick – one of the key swing votes the government is wooing – told The Australian Financial Review it was “impossible” for him to agree to the plan to slash the corporate tax rate for businesses with a turnover of more than $50 million a year while the final price tag for the submarines remained unknown.
Seizing on official figures obtained through the Senate committee process as well as independent analysis, Senator Patrick, a former submariner, said the cost of building and sustaining the 12 French-designed submarines may ultimately reach $200 billion over their life.
Only Colonel Muammar Gaddafi can compete with that, thought to have cost the Libyan Government roughly $200bn.