Relations between the National and Liberal parties have collapsed, in full view of the public.
The Deputy Prime Minister is in a relationship with a former staff member.*
It’s been revealed that the staff member has been awarded multiple high paid jobs as a media advisor inside the offices of National MP’s, which raises questions about the appropriateness of the appointments.
The staff member left Mr Joyce’s office in early 2017 but secured a position with Senator Matt Canavan. When Senator Canavan resigned with dual citizenship issues, the staff member was appointed again to Damian Drum’s office. Both Canavan and Drum already had media advisors and the need for an extra one has not yet been explained.
The heat is also on Malcolm Turnbull in relation this issue, as the ministerial standards state his office must approve the appointment of family members. This issue is likely to dominate the second week of the parliament.
*As many readers have noted, we haven’t commented on Barnaby Joyce’s family circumstances. We’ve long taken the view it’s not our job to update you on the private lives and personal choices of politicians. In this instance, it appears his new relationship has effected government operations and taxpayers money.
After more than a decade in the Parliament, George Brandis resigned as a Senator on Wednesday.
A victim of the cabinet reshuffle last December, Mr Brandis will become the next High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
In his valedictory speech that traversed many topics, Mr Brandis called upon his colleges to return to the classical forms of liberalism and keep a watchful eye on further attacks on Australia’s institutions.
This was no doubt a subtle elbow to the ribs for the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, who took responsibility for several security organisations off the Attorney General’s Department.
Mr Brandis listed his two greatest achievements in office – the passing of the Same-Sex Marriage bills and the newly created counter Terrorism legislation.
It’s great to be back in 2018!
Here’s a snapshot of what happened over the summer:
- Citizenship: Jacqui Lambie has resigned (she’s Scottish) and the Liberal’s Jim Molan replaced Senator Fiona Nash today.
- Susan Lamb, Josh Wilson, Justine Keay, Rebeka Sharkie and Jason Falinski still have questions to answer
- John Alexander won the Bennelong by-election, following the discovery of his dual citizenship
- Labor’s David Feeney has resigned as the member for Batman, setting up a Labor/Green by-election
- Sam Dastyari resigned as a Senator, following too many unanswered questions about his connections to Chinese businessmen
- His vacancy will be filled by Kristina Keneally, Labor’s unsuccessful candidate for Bennelong
- Tasmania and South Australia are in election mode in state polls in a few weeks
- Independent Senator Lucy Gichuhi has turned blue! She now sits as a Liberal Senator for South Australia
- Lyle Shelton has quit the Australian Christian Lobby and has joined Cory Bernadi’s Australian Conservatives.