Today we delve into a newly formed & little heard of UK group - Conservative Friends of Australia.

This outfit has strong links (not surprisingly) to the Tories and the Liberals in Australia.

It set up shop in February 2019.
It has an advisory board made up of:

* The international man of mystery - Alexander Downer

* The "lizard of Oz" pollster - Lynton Crosby

* The strong supporter of the Tories/Libs and supporter of Angus Taylor's business interests - Michael Hintze.
If we dig even deeper into the executive of the organisation we find some former Qld LNP connections.


* Matthew Van Horen (fmr adviser to Qld national resources and mining minister Andrew Cripps)

* Verity Barton fmr Qld MP (famous for not paying road tolls)
Matthew Van Horen is also former Crosby Textor apparatchik and also associated with the UK Policy Group.

The UK Policy Group was founded by Republican Party lobbyists:

*Joe Pounder and Matt Rhoades.

...their specialty is "opposition research" ie. dirt unit
There are some interesting names in the "professional" team.

Amongst them we believe are current public servants - yes current public servants who are meant to be apolitical.

The first is:

1. Anthony Heath
Anthony Heath is also involved with Conservative Friends of the Armed Forces

The human haystack Boris Johnson is a patron.

It looks like Conservatives can never have enough friendships.
Now to another member of Conservative Friends of Australia executive team:

2. Joseph Doleschal Ridnell

Joe is the fmr South Australian Office of Agent General investment director and is the CURRENT WA Govt Senior Trade & Investment Manager in the UK
The remainder of the exec team either have corporate finance/legal/PR backgrounds.

While we can entertain state public servants, needing to network in their investment roles......

actually running political front groups doesn't appear quite right to us.

The Aus-UK free trade deal seems to be uppermost in the minds of the Conservative Friends of Australia..... but who benefits?

* Australia
* UK
* vested interests
* the Conservative Friends of Australia

Quiet Australians & Poms everywhere: if you have a go, you get a go

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