Has PM Malcolm Turnbull’s wife Lucy been outed as Australia’s best known lobbyist?

Last week Malcolm Turnbull announced new measures which would force bank CEO’s to front a Parliamentary Committee supposedly to keep the banks honest. At the same time Malcolm Turnbull was making this announcement his wife Lucy was having coffee with the Chairman of the ANZ bank David Gonski which is highly suspicious to say the least.

On Monday this week Tony Abbott was on the ABC’s Four Corners program calling for reform in the Liberal Party “alleging the NSW branch is controlled by factional warlords who are also lobbyists for commercial interests”. Add Lucy Turnbull’s secret meeting with the ANZ Bank Chairman to Abbott’s comments then there is clearly serious questions for the Turnbull’s to answer. (Click here to read more or watch the Four Corners episode)

In NSW the Liberal Party is corrupt” – former Howard government minister Jackie Kelly

Before we have a closer look at Malcolm and Lucy Turnbull’s suspect behaviour it is worth noting that the internal focus on corruption in the Liberal Party seems to have started with former federal MP Jackie Kelly. In June this year Ms Kelly said on national TV that “In NSW the Liberal Party is corrupt” and “The Liberal Party is full of lobbyists“. The below video is Jackie Kelly on The ABC’s The Drum Friday June 3, 2016 which is what seems to have started the internal debate in the Liberal Party which Tony Abbott and others raised in the Four Corners show on Monday.

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Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison announce a crackdown on Banks

Last Thursday it was reported: “Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison have announced the nation’s major banks will have to face the House of Representatives Economics Committee at least once a year to explain their treatment of customers.”

It follows this week’s decision by the Reserve Bank to cut official interest rates to a record low 1.5 per cent — a cut that has not been passed on in full by the major banks. (Click here to read more)

Lucy Turnbull’s secret meeting with ANZ Chairman

The Australian reported the same day: “Guess who first lady Lucy Turnbull was having coffee with at exactly the same time her husband, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, joined his Treasurer Scott Morrison to announce a tough new “accountability” measure for the big four banks?

Step forward David Gonski, the chairman of ANZ — one of the big four banks with which the PM was apparently getting tough.

So where would Lucy and Gonski elect to meet?

Where else but the coffee shop at 1 Bligh Street, home of the commonwealth government’s offices in Sydney — the very spot that the PM and his Treasurer held their press ­conference to make their supposedly tough-on-banks announcement.

No wonder the Labor Party is having such fun using bank bashing as a proxy for going after Turnbull, once the head of investment bank Goldman Sachs down under.

And no wonder ANZ’s boss Shayne Elliott (who Gonski ­appointed last year) was so quick to endorse the PM’s “necessary initiative”. (Click here to read more)

Questions for Malcolm Turnbull

Lucy Turnbull is not an elected official so the public cannot demand that she answers questions. But Malcolm Turnbull is the Australian Prime Minister and the public have a right to know in regards to why his wife was meeting with the Chairman of the ANZ bank at the same time he was announcing a crackdown on the banks.

Some questions for Malcolm are:

  1. When having coffee with the ANZ Chairman David Gonski was your wife Lucy telling him not to worry as the crackdown on the banks was just for show to fool the public into believing the government was actually doing something about banking corruption?
  2. Given that in 2015 your estimated net worth was in excess of A$200 million” did Lucy use the meeting to get better rates from ANZ for your business dealings and/or personal dealings with the bank?
  3. Given that Lucy now runs your business interests estimated to be worth over $200 million do you think it is appropriate for you and Lucy to coordinate your political meetings with her business dealings?
  4. Does Lucy Turnbull get some sort of benefit from the ANZ for pushing the ANZ’s agenda with Malcolm Turnbull? Is Lucy Turnbull a lobbyist for the ANZ?

Those are the sorts of questions all the journalists from the major media companies in the Canberra Press Gallery should be asking Malcolm Turnbull.

Four Corners – former Australian Prime Minister and current MP Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott didn’t miss on Monday night in regards to corruption and perceived corruption in his own party. He said:

TONY ABBOTT, FORMER PRIME MINISTER: “Wouldn’t it be nice to see a bit of democracy inside our party? If Mike Baird wants it, if Malcolm Turnbull wants it, if John Howard wants it, if Barry O’Farrell wants it, if Tony Abbott wants it, it surely is good enough for the factional warlords to have it!”

MARIAN WILKINSON: The Liberals dismal loss of seats in NSW gave Abbott the opening and he seized it.

MARIAN WILKINSON: Can you just take us to that night and why you thought it was important to use that venue to make your call?

TONY ABBOTT: As a re-elected Member of Parliament, you’ve got the opportunity to say something, not just to your electorate, but to the nation, and in particular to the wider Liberal Party. Ah and this is a very important message.

MARIAN WILKINSON: Now relegated to the backbench, Abbott is declaring war on party powerbrokers who oppose his right-wing faction. His targets are a small group of well-connected lobbyists who he says can wield influence over choosing MPs and Senators for both the federal and state parliaments.

TONY ABBOTT: I want to empower the membership, ah make every member count. And the best way for that to happen is to say you count when it comes to choosing the Liberal Party’s representatives in the parliament. Now, the difficulty at the moment ah is that because there’s a smaller, ah less representative party, ah it’s easily controlled ah by factional warlords. Some of these factional warlords have a commercial interest ah in dealing with politicians, whose pre-selections they can influence. Now, this is a potentially corrupt position, ah and the best way to see off the factionalists ah is to open up the party. The more members we’ve got the harder it will be for the factional warlords to control.

MARIAN WILKINSON: In an interview with Four Corners, Abbott threw down a challenge to the Liberal Party.

TONY ABBOTT: The point, Marian, that I made as soon as I became Prime Minister was that you could be a lobbyist or you could be a powerbroker, but you couldn’t be both. Now, a lobbyist is someone who makes money out of getting people in front of politicians. A powerbroker is someone who controls or influences the pre-selections of those politicians. Now, ah if you are making money out of the people whose pre-selections you control or influence, there is obviously a potential for corruption. And that’s the last thing that we should have inside the Liberal Party. (Click here to read more or watch the show)

Tony Abbott did not expressly mention Malcolm Turnbull and Lucy Turnbull using Malcolm’s position as Prime Minister to further their financial interests but by Tony Abbott raising the issues he has then it was always going shine the light to some degree on the Turnbulls which I am sure Abbott would have known. This is nothing new as former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his wife Therese Rein sold their Australian assets when he was elected PM so their would be no allegations of corruption which I investigated extensively in 2013. (Click here to read more)

Former federal Liberal MP Sophie Mirabella rises again

Right on cue, it was announced on Friday (12/8/16) that Gina Rinehart, Australia’s second richest personhas hired former Liberal Party politician and failed candidate from the latest federal election, Sophie Mirabella, as a “lobbyist and spin doctor in Canberra“.

The dumped Indi MP was named on Friday as the first general manager of government and media relations for Ms Rinehart’s company Hancock Prospecting. (Click here to read more) While Sophie Mirabella’s appointment to her new job is not exactly corrupt it is not far off it and most voters would find it quite disgusting. From previous numbers I have seen I suspect Mirabella would be getting paid somewhere between $500,000 and $1 million by Rinehart to make sure the federal government does what Rinehart wants.

Cleaning up corruption within the Liberal Party will be an ongoing battle and very important for Australia’s democracy given they are one of the major parties so I will keep a close eye on it and it’s good to see people within the Liberal Party driving the issue.

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15 Comments on “Has PM Malcolm Turnbull’s wife Lucy been outed as Australia’s best known lobbyist?”

  1. W. De Graff August 14, 2016 at 6:55 am #

    I don’t see anything wrong with Lucy having coffee with Gonski…or any other top banker. They just move in the same circles. Rick

    • James Madison August 15, 2016 at 10:59 am #

      Absolutely . . . she met with her banker, so what?

      • Paul August 19, 2016 at 9:03 am #

        You’re so trusting. A senior (((Banker))) and the ex-Goldman PM’s confidante. What could possibly be amiss?

  2. Wendie Murray-Williams August 14, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    I didn’t appreciate all the “ah”s that you wrote in Tony Abbott’s transcript, sounded as you were demeaning him.

    • Shane Dowling August 14, 2016 at 9:48 am #

      The transcript was copied from the Four Corners website. They are the ones who put the “ah”s in the transcript.

  3. Jonde August 14, 2016 at 10:01 am #

    Moving in the same circles could mean moving in opposite directions. Making positive moves outside the square to benefit hard-working Australians would be a more worthwhile activity.

  4. Diarmuid Hannigan August 14, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Gina and Sophie. “Birds of a feather flock together.”

  5. Bill Grassick August 14, 2016 at 10:35 am #

    A lawyer, a banker, a politician – all in one career. How dare anyone suggest that someone with such an impeccable background is not playing with a straight bat! Nor his number one controller err supporter!

  6. Mike Howard August 14, 2016 at 12:27 pm #

    Perhaps it is time to examine the roll of party politics in Australia. An elected MP is supposed to represent the wishes of his/her electorate – the people of Australia. This article shows most are representing the wishes of the party and therefore the powerbrokers. Do we have government FOR the people by the people (via their elected representatives) or do we have government (rule) OF the people by private/corporate interests?

    • Bill Grassick August 14, 2016 at 3:51 pm #

      I believe you can answer your own question. The Senate is the worst of the bunch – but only just!

      • Mike Howard August 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm #

        So, to the big question: “Is party politics lawful?”

    • Ned August 14, 2016 at 5:20 pm #

      Try; ‘Global Corporate Interests’!

      • Mike Howard August 14, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

        I totally agree. However, I am trying to remain on topic here and the question is still: “Is what Malcolm Turnbull and other party politicians are doing lawful?”.

    • Ned August 14, 2016 at 7:48 pm #

      Mike,
      Lawful is a matter of perspective.
      Lawfull for Australia OR lawfull for the new world order under the protectorate of the UN.
      Look up, ‘NWO exposed by insider’ 1969 by Dr. Day.
      Then look up The Lima declaration 1975? And look around to see what has happened to our industry since.
      Then observe what our political leaders are doing to Australia.

      • Paul August 19, 2016 at 9:07 am #

        And, there we have why Turnbull is there, and why the media owners were so quick to give him a free ride for so long. He is s dud PM because his job is not to be the PM, it is to deliver us up to the Globalists. I always knew he would be made PM somehow. Abbott was a fool to have kept him in there like he did.

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