2 May 2004, Comments (0)

Ministers Costa fortune these days

Author: Helen

Prime Minister John Howard’s office has denied allegations that he took instructions from broadcaster Alan Jones to reappoint Professor David Flint as head of the Australian Broadcasting Authority (ABA).
Rival broadcaster John Laws has aired an allegation that Mr Jones told him he had pressured the Prime Minister to have Professor Flint reappointed.
John Laws said on Southern Cross radio in Sydney this morning that he was at a dinner party with Mr Jones and others on November 28, 2000, when Mr Jones warned him not to criticise Professor Flint.
“Alan Jones then went on to say in fact, ‘I was so determined to have David Flint reelected that I personally went to Kirribilli House and instructed John Howard to reappoint David Flint or he would not have the support of Alan Jones in the forthcoming election’,” Mr Laws said.

Chris Sheil is sceptical: after all,

Why in the hell wouldn’t His Darkness want to reappoint ol’ Flinty? What kinda influence do you have to have to bribe Jack to reappoint an elitist, monarchist, conservative, flayer-of-lefty elites, pucker-voiced, aspiring GG, Alston-sympathising, Parrot love-letter writing, pro-government flunky like ol’ Flinty?

True, but the Parrot seems to have done something like this before. (Tsk, trust those nasty Reds to save a Guardian article like this one.)

Michael Costa…
last week replaced Whelan as Police Minister. [November 2001].
Costa’s ascendancy is a variation of a classic ditty: “The working class
can kiss my arse, I’m in the Parliament at last”.
Made a Minister after only 17 days as a Member of the NSW Legislative
Council (Upper House), appointed to replace the retired right winger Johno
Johnson, his unprecedented rise can be attributed primarily to radio
broadcaster Alan Jones.
A week before his ministerial appointment was made public, Costa ó with
the blessing of Premier Carr ó went to the Jones residence and over dinner
had a chat with the radio host and his guests, former detective Tim Priest
and Richard Basham, a Sydney University criminologist. The three have
carried out an on-air campaign against the way the NSW police force is
being run.

This is a sick person, and I’m not talking about Sedgwick.

Comments (0)

  • cs says:

    Fair enough Helen, but the difficulty, it seems to me, is this: governments, not, I think, improperly, consult/take readings etc from ‘stakeholders’ etc all the time on appointments; so how do you establish when they have crossed the line and made an appointment to a public office specifically for the purpose of to purchasing political advantage? The line between consultation and corruption is a hard one to call here, let alone prove, under the prevailing murky arrangements, methinks … and that’s speaking as someone who loathes the Parrot and all his works with a passion.

  • Helen says:

    Look, I may be wrong but to me the words “over dinner” and “had a chat with” are the operative words here. I think consulting with stakeholders should be a formal process, otherwise people with real knowledge who aren’t members of the Old School Tie /Old Boys club don’t get an adequate hearing.

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