Friends from exterior Labor included Australian Republic Motion chair Peter FitzSimons and veteran overseas coverage wonk Hugh White, who was employed by Beazley as an advisor within the Nineteen Eighties.
The Beazley pals traded battle tales effectively into the small hours of the evening. Swan and Smith spoke glowingly about how the occasion elder helped shepherd Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his present crop of cupboard ministers by means of the ranks.
Friends additionally heard of the time Beazley crossed paths with a younger regulation degree-toting naval officer within the Nineties.
“This man will go effectively in politics,” Kim mentioned on the time, encouraging him to run for state parliament.
The officer’s identify? Mark McGowan.
ACT Liberals lick their wounds
The Canberra Liberals should not in a great spot proper now, even by their very own requirements.
Final month’s knocking over of Senator Zed Seselja by wallaby-turned environmental warrior David Pocock means the nationwide capital has no Liberal within the nationwide parliament for the primary time for the reason that ACT began electing senators in 1975
On the native stage, the occasion has been in opposition for greater than 20 years and, oh, the department’s former president and Seselja confidant Tio Faulkner was jailed in New Zealand this yr for a weird environmental crime at his Bay of A lot pig farm.
So Canberra Liberals’ chief Elizabeth Lee was maybe understating the case late final week when she advised the trustworthy that it had been a “robust few weeks”.
However assistance is at hand. The occasion’s new federal deputy chief Sussan Ley shall be on the town subsequent week to rally the troops at a $65-a-head fundraiser on Thursday evening the place there shall be a lot to debate.
“We should give attention to the longer term by directing our efforts to profitable the subsequent ACT Election, and profitable again the ACT Senate seat on the subsequent Federal election,” Lee wrote in her invitation.
However the selection of venue, for an outfit that fears its greatest days are behind it, is fascinating: The Nationwide Museum of Australia.
The King Keep The King
Issues have slowed down somewhat for Alan Jones, the perpetually king of Sydney speak radio.
Two years since his 2GB retirement, and months after being dumped from a Sky Information prime time slot, the infamous shock-jock is now diminished to shilling for his new online-only present Alan Jones: Direct to the Folks on obscure, newly-formed Australian Digital Holdings.
So determined for eyeballs is Alan, that he’s been compelled to ship out spammy emails instructing viewers the right way to watch his present by way of Apple TV.
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Nonetheless, Alan’s makes an attempt to create a brand new media empire at ADH has introduced just a few notables into the combo. Conservative enterprise heavy Maurice Newman is chair, with high-flying barrister Margaret Cunneen additionally concerned behind the scenes.
However instances aren’t all that robust. On Thursday evening, Jones was noticed munching caviar with bold, baby-faced protegee Jake Thrupp (ADH’s head of programming) at Sydney fine-dining institution Aria.
Jones was in full Mafia Don mode – decked out in a terracotta jacket at the most effective seats in the home (with a front-row view of a Vivid-illuminated Opera Home), he nonetheless had lots swinging by his desk to kiss the ring.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese did the identical throughout the election marketing campaign, showing on Jones’ web-show. Kingmakers by no means die.
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