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 How to love your political class—NOT!

14.08.19.  The transformation from mincing poodle to irksome weasel is complete—no wonder the weasel laughs so heartily. It’s fantasy to think that politicians would legislate against what Andrew Robb of the Port of Darwin saga and this comfy little forty pieces of silver deal made by the weasel Christopher Pyne have done. Forfeit of pension is a good start. Politics Australian style is a great lurk. Get elected a couple of times, become a minister of any kind and then sell your insider knowledge to the highest bidder. It’s a game in which conscience and decency has no place.
Former defence minister Christopher Pyne discussed taking a consultancy job three days before the election was called, while still a member of Cabinet, business firm EY has confirmed. The South Australian has been criticised for taking a defence industry role with advisory firm EY so soon after leaving the ministry. The Statement of Ministerial Standards bans former ministers from taking jobs in their areas of ministerial expertise for 18 months after leaving office.

Source: ABC

Christopher Pyne discussed defence industry job while still a member of Cabinet, consultancy firm confirms

Mr Pyne and former foreign minister Julie Bishop,who accepted a position on the board of aid development company Palladium, are now subject to a Senate inquiry.
“On 8 April 2019, I met with Mr Pyne to discuss his retirement from politics,” EY partner Mark Stewart said in a submission.
“At this meeting, we discussed Mr Pyne’s post-retirement plans, and his interest in utilising his experience as a politician and Minister to assist a professional services firm grow their private sector defence industry business.
“After the election was called on 11 April 2019, EY made a formal offer to Mr Pyne to commence with EY as a consultant.”
Mr Pyne announced his retirement from politics at the beginning of March, and started his new role in early June.
He has denied breaching the Statement of Ministerial Standards. An investigation by the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Martin Parkinson, found neither Mr Pyne or Ms Bishop had broken the rules.
Pyne’s post-politics job
• 2 March 2019 – Christopher Pyne announces retirement from politics
• 8 April 2019 – Mr Pyne meets EY defence industry leader Mark Stewart
• 11 April 2019 – Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls the election for 18 May
• 17 April 2019 – EY offers Mr Pyne a job as a consultant
• 20 April 2019 – Mr Pyne accepts the offer
• 18 May 2019 – Federal Election is held
• 7 June 2019 – Mr Pyne starts the new job

Despite that, the Senate backed a push by crossbench senator Rex Patrick to investigate the matter further.
“Consistent with our public statements on this matter, EY has not, and will not, seek that Mr Pyne lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the Government, Parliament, public service or Defence Force on any matters on which he has had official dealings as Minister in his last 18 months in office,” Mr Stewart said.
“EY requires that Mr Pyne will maintain confidentiality over, and not seek to take personal advantage of, information to which he had access as a Minister where that information is not generally available to the public.
“EY has not sought, nor has Mr Pyne provided to EY, any confidential information to which Mr Pyne had access as a Minister.”
Dr Parkinson has also made a submission to the inquiry, reiterating the results of his investigation and commenting on the strength of the Statement of Ministerial Standards.
“I believe that a former-Minister should have the ability to gain employment after they have left the Parliament — whether or not that employment relates to the matters they dealt with as a Minister,” he wrote to the committee.
“As I mentioned in my 19 July letter to the Prime Minister, Ministers — and parliamentarians for that matter — gain experience and knowledge in subject matters during their time in the Parliament. Extinguishing that experience is impossible.
“However, it is important that former Ministers do not misuse the knowledge and information they have gained from their ministerial position(s) to benefit themselves or others.”

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  • Captain Outrageous 14/08/2019, 6:21 am

    And who does this wanker Pyne believe he can influence on behalf of his new employers/client? PoliTickians? Public Serpents? That in itself is cryingout for investigation.

  • Cliff 14/08/2019, 7:04 am

    Is anyone – and I mean ANYONE – even remotely surprised to learn of this ‘development’? To me at least, ‘news’ this ain’t. The man’s a grub, and has been a grub since, and probably before, entering politics. And in saying that, I probably should apologise to grubs.

  • Aktosplatz 14/08/2019, 8:51 am

    Yes, Pyne’s a grub alright. I am still waiting for that ridiculous French Submarine contract to be cancelled as it was only contrived to save Pyne’s political skin (by Trumble)

    • Albert 14/08/2019, 10:34 am

      Too true, Atko. However, I won’t be holding my breath waiting for the sub contract to be cancelled even though it would save us billions of dollars and open the door to the purchase of existing “off the shelf” subs at a greatly reduced financial outlay.

  • Tamworth 14/08/2019, 9:30 am

    Pyne read the signs and thought that the government was going to lose so he made a deal. He probably thought that he would win either way, if the government went down he had a job somewhere else, and if the government survived then he would end the discussions that he had begun.
    The general tactic is mentioned in the Bible – the parable of the unjust steward.

  • Ex ADF 14/08/2019, 1:41 pm

    I am not a violent person, but I would love to stuff a tennis ball in that open mouth! What an opportunistic grub he is!

    • Peter W 14/08/2019, 4:48 pm

      Hard call getting that in his mouth! The other end would be easier for him!

  • JK. 14/08/2019, 2:13 pm

    Are people really surprised ??? This shit’s been going on for years, and if you are surprised welcome to the real world.

    • Captain Outrageous 14/08/2019, 6:39 pm

      Spot on.

  • TommyGun 14/08/2019, 2:19 pm

    Pyne makes my skin crawl.
    He is the ultimate suckhole and backstabber.

  • Peter W 14/08/2019, 4:46 pm

    Pyne, Bishop and Vandstone all live(ed) a stone’s throw from each other and morphed into their own Marxist cult.

    All LINOs working for the other side lining their own pockets.

  • Penguinite 14/08/2019, 5:16 pm

    Reminds me of that side show game that consisted of a row of clown heads, swaying from side to side, to distribute table tennis balls into numbered slots.

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