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DAY OF ATONEMENT: Mortal enemies John Howard & Pyne kiss & make up to celebrate Christopher’s 20 glorious years

ChrispynejohnhowardLong-time Liberal Prime Minister John Howard loathed South Australian wet Liberal Christopher Pyne so much that he refused to promote him for many years. It was a complex story as this interesting profile piece makes clear because while Pyne didn’t get on at all with factional rival Nick Minchin, he has had a long-standing friendly association with Howard acolyte and now Parliamentary Leader Tony Abbott.

The profile notes that after Pyne’s very youthful arrival in Club Fed:

Pyne got practically nowhere in parliament for the next 15 years, mainly because both John Howard and Minchin couldn’t abide him. The final straw for them was when Pyne became Costello’s numbers man for the challenges that never came. So it was hardly surprising he didn’t prosper.

That background makes rumours doing the rounds today that John Howard had agreed to be the Guest of Honour at the gala celebration Christopher Pyne’s 20th anniversary of his Club Fed arrival all the more interesting.

It suggests that Pyne’s hard-graft on Abbott’s behalf as a reasonably effective Leader of the House and shadow minister has rehabilitated him considerably. Minchin’s retirement and the wounding of the enthusiastic and talented albeit gaffe-prone SA Senator Cory Bernardi (some suggest at the Machiavellian hands of shadowy Pyne media briefings) means that Pyne is left as a towering and unrivalled Liberal colossus in Adelaide’s leafy streets, with only the prospect of the resurrection of Alexander Downer as the SA Premier we’ve always wanted as a possible foil to Pyne’s unfettered greatness in the state that brought us Don Dunstan.


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  1. Playford was best ever SA premier!

    Posted by Indeed | January 30, 2013, 21:16
  2. I like the pynester. He is always so very nice to me unlike that terrible Benardi

    Posted by Not SHY Hyphenater | January 30, 2013, 21:50
  3. I have heard that legal action has been launched against the smh and age over the story that you allege Pyne planted. If it was him, I’d be very worried as rumour has it that Bernardi has very deep pockets and the SMH are running away from the wright piece very fast. Will only be a question of whether she is prepared to reveal her source. At least one liberal leaker should be very worried.

    Posted by Legal Bill | January 30, 2013, 21:56
  4. Posted by one | January 30, 2013, 22:14
  5. Pity he is past it, I’d loved to have had his Little Percy up my rear.

    Posted by Pissy Chryne | January 30, 2013, 23:36
  6. Interesting Australian article states MP cannot be named but the google link on this article has a picture of a man’s face. I imagine someone from South Australia would be able to put a name to that face. Whoops.

    Posted by Two | January 31, 2013, 8:03
  7. an we have warnings please – when reading ‘Pyne is left as a towering and unrivalled Liberal colossus’ I choked on my coffee – best laugh for weeks!

    Posted by the insider | January 31, 2013, 9:35
  8. Pissy is still Chryne

    Posted by Argus Tuft | January 31, 2013, 10:37
  9. Righto Andrew….when are you going to do something about the conflict of interest Nick Griener appears to have in Chairing an Infrastructure company and Infrastructure NSW?

    We will look back one day and ask ourselves how it could be that Sydney was raped by a cartel of builders and financiers operating behind the wall of a quasi-government agency.

    Bob Askin?

    Barry O’Farrell?

    Posted by LendFleece | January 31, 2013, 18:54
  10. Under the cover of darkness the cockroaches are multiplying…it’s a city thing….filth.

    It is not enough he goes….and others inside Infrastructure NSW….everything they have touched….every deal struck needs to be undone….so that there can be no doubt things are as clean as they should be

    Posted by Lendfleece | January 31, 2013, 19:09
  11. Righto Andrew….when are you going to do something about the conflict of interest Nick Griener appears to have in Chairing an Infrastructure company and Infrastructure NSW?

    We will look back one day and ask ourselves how it could be that Sydney was raped by a cartel of builders and financiers operating behind the wall of a quasi-government agency.

    Posted by Lendfleece | January 31, 2013, 19:13
  12. Pyne, pass me another post-pubescent male please?

    Posted by Craig L | February 3, 2013, 11:38
  13. Day of Atonement. Strange that the election has for called for that day. Premonition?

    Posted by anon2 | February 3, 2013, 14:33
  14. Well done to Christopher Pyne for reviving the hilarious and cutting Third Reich jokes. Can’t wait to see Herr Julenkraut doing the Misogonist rant & rave as “Staff” slip off leaving only Obfensteurer Swan and stooges Windsor[?] Oakschott and Milne grovelling in defeat!
    Now settle down “outraged,discussed”Socialists–It’s only a joke –like Timmy’s

    Posted by Old Cobber | February 4, 2013, 1:04
  15. So, The Honourable Nick Greiner AC, who was bought down as NSW Premier by his own creation – the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC). Today, he is Chairman of a NSW government agency – Infrastructure NSW, while also the Chairman of Lend Lease Infrastructure, a commercial entity that tenders for government infrastructure projects.

    Yet Barry O’Farrell thinks, the best way to work out infrastructure priorities is to hand over the decision making process, not to the appropriate departments to assess and advise but to Nick Greiner, who can at least, be seen to have a vested interest in a particular outcome that could benefit him.

    Let’s not forget his appearance in the Federal Court in Victoria just last year:

    smh: Greiner admits hiding company role in deal

    Pala Investments, a Swiss group controlled by Russian oligarch Vladimir Iorich, has accused Mr Greiner of using his positions in two companies to hoodwink Pala into selling a subsidiary for less that it was worth.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/business/greiner-admits-hiding-company-role-in-deal-20121108-290rx.html

    Can you say: fox in charge of hen house ?

    Posted by 3 Hat Monty | February 4, 2013, 2:27
  16. NSW on the way back to dark old days under Bob Askin…you don’t have someone chairing Infrastructure NSW who also chairs a company which can profit from inside knowledge. Lendlease Infrastructure is related to or associated with Abigroug…Bilfiger…ect….and these and related companies can be tenderers for work managed by or coordinated by or advised on by Infrastructure NSW.

    Anybody pass this on to John McTernan

    Posted by yepitsabuscka | February 4, 2013, 8:09
  17. What is Abbott doing getting in bed with Greiner?

    When is Barry O’Farrell going to be forced from office?

    What about Gladys Berejiklian? When is she going to be pulled up for running a cover for this outrage?

    Why has the Government department Transport for NSW been sidelined?

    This is a mess in which wrongness can ferment.

    Nick Greiner can be as pure as the driven snow for all I care….but he cannot be Chairman of Infrastructure NSW….in all decency…under any lights what so ever this is the greatest threat to the finances of the state of NSW there has ever been….who in Moody’s knows about it?

    Barry O’Farrell is a lightweight joke put into office to be a big cuddly cover for….Goodbye Baz…

    Posted by NSW Voter | February 4, 2013, 11:27
  18. Yeah I agree.

    The rating agencies would have a field day.

    Whether it will bring down O’Farrell I’m not sure. But he did set these events in train and he is close to Nick.

    This subject needs its own page.

    What a mess !

    Posted by Sydney Girl | February 4, 2013, 11:48
  19. And Mike Baird had the hide to be in today’s papers banging on about the AAA credit rating of NSW saving the state $3.75bn per year.

    Over to you, Mike Baird?

    Posted by Sydney Girl | February 4, 2013, 12:05
  20. This doesn’t look right. You can’t be the chairman of a infrastructre company and be chairman of Infrustructure NSW at the same time. What was O’Farrel thinking? He must go!!

    Posted by coastal | February 4, 2013, 13:51
  21. Could be that Labor is saving the NSW Lib Crooks for a later date this year to hit before the fed election? It just shows what NSW is, nothing but a mafia political State.

    Posted by Taliban fan | February 4, 2013, 17:09
  22. It’s an election year. Fund raising is critical. Howard is just happy to pimp himself out to raise $$$ for the party, must be content on his lifetime pension and perks. He accepted to do the same with with Costello but Pete is still a bit pissy.

    Posted by The Truth | February 6, 2013, 13:04
  23. Ask yourself if you think it is right that Infrastructure NSW is Chaired by the same man who chairs Lend Lease Infrastructure.

    Posted by Sydney Girl | February 6, 2013, 15:21
  24. Sydney Girl, consider two words: Eddie Obeid

    That’s right. Kindly shut up now.

    Posted by Anonski | February 6, 2013, 22:19
  25. Barry O’Farrell contemplates a life after politics…

    Posted by Sydney Girl | February 9, 2013, 2:36

    Posted by Sydney Girl | February 9, 2013, 2:39
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