I've always been puzzled by the insertion of the bumbling, inept but female Marise Payne as Australia's defence minister.
ADF personnel hate her. She's distant, school-maamish, scheming and selfish.
But until today I didn't know about this:
We are indebted to reader Dennis Thompson and his wonderful website www.stopturnbull.com for the following extract:
I've never heard Turnbull or Payne refer to this piece of history.
It explains a lot.
I've checked Payne's Wikipedia entry, her own website and her parliamentary bio - zip on the Turnbull connection:
The personal website features this photo - like her role in the ARM, it seems to be from a long time ago.
The unnaturally thin Payne does admit she's a Republican in her maiden speech - but there's no mention of her antecedents working for The Chairman.
Isn't that the sort of thing voters should know about?
Particularly when they have a Minister for Defence supervising our fighting men painting their fingernails with pink nail polish?
Lest We Forget.