Senior federal government staffers are Very Important People. Just ask them. Some are so important - and erudite - that they have at least a book or two in them. Dr Professor Jim Chalmers PhD (Hons) important work named in honour of a Springsteen anthem 'Glory Days', sneak-leaked to your favourite news source offers some important insights into what went wrong with the Labor government.
Ex ALP NSW Right operative turned ACT Greensparty candidate Simon Sheikh is rumoured to have hit up controversial former NSW Right chieftain and multi-millionaire Eddie Obeid as part of a GetUp! fundraising drive.
It half-killed us not to write about the Gellibrand preselection but now it's over, normal transmission resumes.
Three Age journos and Greensparty honcho Fraser Brindley have been criminally charged with hacking the ALP's voter database. Please keep your amusement in the comments to a dignified and judicially restrained minimum and note the four are entitled to the presumption of innocence, even here.
Simon Crean was brave and may somehow have done something useful. Kevin Rudd did the right thing by pulling his head in. Just another day in paradise.
If Eddie Obeid broke the law, he should be punished. But the guilt-by-association frenzy that swirls around the former NSW MP is getting very, very ugly, substantially fed by NSW ICAC headline addicts.
In today’s supposedly respectable Financial Review, their …