My legacy in the PMO was to reduce the autonomy of incoming Infrastructure Minister #BarnabyJoyce to make unilateral decisions on Australia's $100 billion infrastructure portfolio and vest it in Cabinet. Could see the writing on the wall #MackellarVotes #watergate2019
Other take to the streets to protest. I was fighting from the inside with the weapons I was skilled in - administration, process, governance. That's why I'm running for Parliament, because that's where I am trained to make a difference
Grey favours are endemic in the way parties do business. Stacking statutory organisations with corporate sector mates. At one stage @InfraAust Chair, CEO and Head Policy were @InfraPshipAust . Every recommendation from that point was privatisation of public infrastructure
Ex-MPs given plum government appointments to keep them warm so they could be called on for the next election
When I was new in the PMO I sat with PM @TurnbullMalcolm with a list of all the corporates, lobbyists who wanted to meet him and asked how I should prioritise these requests. He said to bring him people with good ideas. I was so proud to serve this Prime Minister
More than one MP that has bought land in the corridor of major rail proposals that if approved will result in significant value uplift.
I don't trust either party. This behaviour is endemic, just different shareholders. Different guy same hat and all that. It's just getting worse and more blatant. In old times any one of these incidents would be enough to topple govt. But with a scandal a day we've become immune
I am thankful for the stability and integrity of the public service. Highly experienced officials who know how to limit bad decisions and promote better ones. Who have the courage and tactics to manage renegade Ministers - they've seen this before! These were my mentors
We can change things by replacing those people who are in Parliament for the wrong reasons with people like me who are in it for the right reasons. I'll fight to restore integrity in government. I'll always stand up for the public interest-even if it's costing me my future career
The process needed modernising anyway but with #BarnabyJoyce throwing his weight around on decisions like $10 billion Inland Rail, the $5 billion Northern Australian Infrastructure Fund and $1.3 billion National Water Infrastructure Fund - it was helpful to manage risk.
Let's be clear. There's is nothing illegal here but it's not a good look if an MP were to benefit from a government decision. Managing conflict of interest is about managing perceptions and potential risk. And we expect the very highest standards from Parliamentarians.
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