Thanks to Michelle Two for inspiring this article.
Profligate spending from the Government of Turnbull is revolting.
And that's what people are starting to do.
Control over spending was once the big difference between Labor and Liberal.
Not now. The Government of Turnbull doesn't care.
Control over spending manifests in what appear to be small things.
Travel budgets, class of travel, entertainment, parties, IT, telecommunications, office fit outs etc.
Troops take their cues from their leaders. Look at Channel Nine's story today - $6M in fine dining out in just one year.
The message from the Government of Turnbull is "Happy Days - spend up!"
On Wednesday this week the Government of Turnbull will borrow another $1BN just to keep the doors open.
That will bring the Government of Turnbull's total debt to $532,000,000,000.00.
That's $532 Billion.
How did Julie Bishop feel about that on budget night in 2017?
Julie Bishop’s shindig hottest ticket in budget town
It’s the golden ticket of the budget night in Canberra: an invitation to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s pre-budget drinks.
“You know, it’s very competitive on budget night,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as he surveyed the billionaires, bankers, television personalities, cabinet ministers, ambassadors, fashion designers, sporting heavies and military brass squeezed into Bishop’s ministerial room.
“This is clearly the hot ticket. This is the party to be at,” Turnbull deadpanned.
There was Seven billionaire Kerry Stokes, one of the night’s big winners thanks to Scott Morrison’s $130 million licence fee relief, chatting with Danni Roche, fresh from her failed tilt to chair the Australian Olympic Committee. In this room of well-connected Liberals, Roche was a winner, whatever happened last Saturday.
Nine’s Helen McCabe and former ANZ boss and now PwC adviser Mike Smithwere there when word spread about the government’s $6 billion surprise for banks — that’s ANZ’s agile chieftain Shayne Elliott’s problem now.
It made for a mixed budget for Howard minister Warwick Smith, who works for both ANZ and Stokes, to name just two of his hydra heads. A good lesson in hedging from one of Tasmania’s finest.
Virgin Australia boss John Borghettijoked with Nine’s on-air talent Richard Wilkins. Borghetti was clearly having a better day than Qantas rival Alan Joyce, who was so rudely the recipient of a cream pie in the face in Perth earlier in the day. Should have come to Bishop’s.
Bishop’s partner David Panton helped the Foreign Minister work the crowd, which included Wilkins’s former fashion designer partner Collette Dinnigan, as well as Tom Harley (once a Dragoman), the King of the Liberal moderates Michael Photios and Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell.
Perth property developer Nigel Slattery, clearly a well-mannered sandgroper, made sure Stokes’s glass of red was topped up throughout the soiree.
The foreign policy establishment were well represented, including Department of Foreign Affairs boss Frances Adamson (Bishop’s key mandarin), Chinese ambassador Cheng Jingye and Japanese ambassador Sumio Kusaka.
Former head of the Australian Defence Force Angus Houston was packed in, as was chief of the Australian Army Angus Campbell, and cabinet ministers included Attorney-General George Brandis, Minister for Social Services Christian Porter, federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne and, the man who played matchmaker between Bishop and Panton, Liberal moderate pin-up Bruce Baird, the father of the former NSW premier now chosen one at NAB, Mike Baird.
And Bishop's former departmental head, a man who should know her very well was spot on the money here:
Fmr head Julie Bishop's dept, "We're eating cake at Marie Antoinette's party, we might find the peasants are revolting".
"Every now and then I just wonder whether this was a gathering of the Ancien regime and that we are all eating cake at Marie Antoinette's party,"says the former head of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Peter Varghese.
"One day we might wake up and find the peasants are revolting."
Really Peter? Whatever made you say that?
Mr Varghese was speaking at the Australian National University's Crawford Forum.
The Forum brings together, by invitation only, 150 of Australia’s top leaders – fifty each from business, the public sector and politics, and the research and advocacy community – together with a dozen or more distinguished international speakers, to address the major geopolitical and economic challenges facing contemporary policy makers.
He's spot on.
We are sick of it.
Sick of their lavish parties.
Sick of paying for their perks.
Sick of sucking up to the Clinton Foundation and UN with our money.
And sick of politicians like Bishop and Turnbull who are driven by their ego.
Marie Antoinette's parties didn't end well.
Politically, neither will Julie or Malcolm's.
Four days ago, Peter Varghese AO became the Chancellor of the University of Queensland.
Prior to that he headed Julie Bishop's department.
Mr Varghese is a graduate from UQ where he was a university medalist in history.
It's easy to see why he chose Marie Antoinette and the Ancien regime.
Despite her initial popularity, a growing number of the population eventually came to dislike her, accusing her of being profligate, promiscuous, and of harbouring sympathies for France's enemies. The Diamond Necklace affair damaged her reputation further. During the Revolution, she became known as Madame Déficit because the country's financial crisis was blamed on her lavish spending and her opposition to social and financial reforms.