THERE'S NO ROOM FOR MARISE IN DEFENCE CHIEFS' BED
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
New Minister for Defence, Marise Payne, was originally the recipient of a Senate casual vacancy and was Minister for Human Services in the Abbott Government from 18 September 2013. She even had a stint at Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08. But the Defence portfolio? What was Turnbull thinking?
Defence chiefs might allow Marise to put the jug on and make the sandwiches but there is no way she can be seriously involved in any decision making. This appointment is ridiculous and will prove to be so.
Defence is a bureaucratic monolith responsible only to itself and poor little Abbott’s mate, Kevin Andrews, was one of many who were in the process of discovering their own Ministerial impotence when Turnbull presented the chortling chiefs with the cuddly Marise.
An inexperienced woman Senator who’s only claim to fame is that she, like Dastyari, has sat on umpteen dozen Senate committees at $30k a pop, will never be a part of the Russell Offices Boys’ Own Club.
The Defence department’s ballooning budget is Turnbull’s next looming problem and there is little doubt he will capitulate, as is his inclination, despite a GST increase being dead in the water.
The Left’s refusal to confront debt and/or deficit splices well with Turnbull’s economic blind spot. Turnbull is not a decision maker! Witness his addiction to the latest buzz phrase of, “let’s have a conversation about...”.
Malcolm knows that making a decision can cause a serious slippage in the polls.
Promoting Marise Payne to Defence also augers poorly for any hope of cancelling the superfluous $100 billion Lockheed F-35 strike fighter or a decision on an economically sensible contract for the next generation of submarines.
Turnbull’s female tokenism is certain to bite him (us) on the bum.