JULIE BISHOP WITH THE RICH AND FAMOUS Our Julie, yes our very own Julie will be interviewing “the rich and famous” in some of the world most exclusive locations”. After years of dedicated public service, it looks like its time to serve Julie… to the world. The intuition that told her the Russians had brought down MH17 exactly 7 minutes and 8 seconds after the crash will now draw out the inner secrets of the glitterati.
The production company that gave you Anh’s Brush with Fame and Trial by Kyle now presents Julie in conversation. How can you add to such a thrilling prospect? Can you? Well, you can have Julie walk while she talks. And imagine the costumes. Maybe we’ll see the return of some of those glittering outfits she wore as Foreign Minister and be reminded of public money well spent.
JULIE BISHOP’S FOREIGN AFFAIR The average Fijian family lives on A$150 a week. They’re probably not paying Sydney housing mortgage or rental prices but they’re unlikely to be living it up. The great news is that for just $4,997 the head of the family or one of their bright kids can learn all about leadership from our very own Julie Bishop in this five day retreat.
FREECHOICE My grandmother died at 61 and my Dad at 67. Both were smokers. They both had choice though my Dad, who lost his leg at 11, probably had less than most after he fell under a Paddington tram. His schooling ended the same day. Travers Beynon has choice and he has chosen not to smoke but he is doing his bit to make sure others do. He owns 300 cigarette vending machines and over 300 franchised FreeChoice outlets. There is even one in my little town. This champion of free choice draws the comparison of his own love of racing cars and explains, “No-one tried to stop me when I started motor racing. If someone says that’s too dangerous, don’t do it. I’d be like…go to hell”. So he is a protector of free will.
He tells us in this Financial Review article, that he’s tried electronic cigarettes but they obviously conflict with the very tight dietary regime he follows. This is essential if he is to maintain his frenetic lifestyle. To charges of misogyny, evident in his Instagram images of women on dog leashes, he tells us his mother was his idol. His grandmother was known as “The General” and typical of the dominant women who shaped his life. It is obvious he cares deeply about the people within his orbit. Almost as much as he does for himself. It is equally obvious that he couldn’t give a damn about anyone else. That’s a free choice.
WHO ARE STIRLING GRIFF AND REX PATRICK? You’re going to hear a lot about this duo in the next three years. Unless Pauline Hanson gets over her sulk at being jilted for Clive, these two Centre Alliance radicals will hold the balance of power in the Senate. You thought the Senate would save us again. No, we will have to rely on the sensitivity and compassion of a Young and Rubicam marketer and a former Liberal staffer, electronics technician and submariner. The Liberal Party’s only other hope is Jacquie Lambie and based on her election night threats I’d be sticking with Rex and Griffo, if I were Scotty. It all looks pretty rosy for Scomo and his team with initial indications that these two Centre Alliance (formerly Nick Xenophon’s NXT) members will pass all three stages of the tax cuts. With salary increases for our politicians passing this week, what is there to complain about?
I AM, YOU ARE, WE ARE SCOMO If you haven’t seen the latest edition of Sammy J’s coaching series on the Federal Election, you are missing something special. It is the best piece of political satire I have seen in a long time. The political scientist, Philip Mirowski, once described the fact we are all neoliberals now. The framing of economic discussion over the last thirty years has removed our ability to consider solutions outside the market. You are Scomo, I am Scomo, Je suis Scomo. Sammy explains.
SUPER FUND RESTRUCTURE The great news is that with the election out of the way we can clear up some of those nasty super funds with their fees for no service. Where to start? Surprisingly, despite the Finance and Banking Royal Commission’s general approval of the union funds’ stewardship, that is where our restored Federal Government has its sights. Plans are to “liberalise” appointments to industry boards. Only friends and family need apply.