Prime Minister Scott Morrison worked in marketing for many years before he entered parliament in 2007 so it’s no surprise he comes across as a used car salesman when he announces new government spending, programs, and initiatives. But he has a history of stabbing Liberal Party competitors in the back on a regular basis with the most extreme being the leaking of lies to win the Liberal Party pre-selection for the seat of Cook in 2007 with the assistance of the Labor Party.
There is a radio interview below with disgraced former senator Sam Dastyari who spills the beans on Scott Morrison colluding with the Labor Party in 2007 and what Sam Dastyari says is hard to ignore given most of it, if not all of it, is backed up by other media reports.
Scott Morrison’s political background
Scott Morrison was a power broker and former state director (2000 to 2004) of the NSW Liberal Party and was elected to Parliament in 2007.
In September 2008, Morrison was appointed to Malcolm Turnbull’s coalition front bench as shadow minister for housing and local government.
In December 2009, after Tony Abbott outed Malcolm Turnbull as Opposition Leader, Morrison became shadow minister for immigration and citizenship coming into the shadow cabinet for the first time. The promotion suggests that Scott Morrison helped Tony Abbott roll Malcolm Turnbull.
In September 2015 Malcolm Turnbull challenged and defeated Tony Abbott for the Prime Ministership. Scott Morrison was promoted to Treasurer which points to Scott Morrison stabbing Tony Abbott in the back in a deal with Turnbull.
In August 2018, after a long and sustained effort to destabilize his government by members of his own party, Malcolm Turnbull lost the Prime Ministership. In a subsequent ballot process Scott Morrison was elected Prime Minister. All the evidence suggests that Morrison again had a hand in the outing of Malcolm Turnbull which if it is the case shows Morrison as being a regular turncoat.
Morrison’s dirty deal to get rid of competitor Michael Towke
Scott Morrison has a history of being involved in dirty election campaigns and his bid to be preselected by the Liberal Party for the 2007 election is regarded as one of the dirtiest in-house Liberal Party brawls. It was reported in 2018:
Mr Morrison won the seat of Cook in 2007, after the retirement of Mr Baird, amid the most bitter political factional war ever seen in the shire.
The Liberal Party preselection for the safe seat attracted a big field of candidates, but was won easily by Michael Towke, a young Lebanese Catholic, who had been working quietly for months building up numbers in the branches.
Mr Morrison was eliminated in the first ballot, gaining only eight votes, and Mr Towke went on to win with 82 votes.
However, the state executive of the party refused to endorse Mr Towke’s preselection after a media campaign suggesting Mr Towke had fudged his CV and rumours spread about his family and early ALP involvement.
News Limited later paid Mr Towke $50,000, plus costs, and removed offending articles from the internet after he sued for defamation.
Mr Towke claimed party officials did not want him as a candidate after the 2005 Cronulla riots because of his Lebanese background.
A second preselection resulted in Mr Morrison being endorsed.
Mr Morrison has previously rejected any knowledge of muckraking or playing the race card. (Click here to read more)
Former federal Senator Sam Dastyari also tells the story on radio about Morrison and Towke and normally I wouldn’t put much faith in what Sam Dastyari says but it is consistent with what Michael Towke has said and what numerous journalists have reported. Dastyari says:
Ever wondered how Scott Morrison first got into politics? Well, it involves the dumping of Michael Towke and the southern Sydney seat of Cook in what Sam Dastyari describes as the “biggest dirt campaign”.
“I’ve seen a lot of dirty things in politics, but I’ve never had the Liberal party come to us [Labor] and ask for dirt to fight one of their own internal opponents,” he said.
“I would never underestimate Scott Morrison… because I would never underestimate a guy who would turn to one of his political opponents to take out one of his own… a guy who will do that will do anything. (Click here to listen to the full interview)
(Click anywhere on the below video to watch an edited version of the interview)
The SMH reported in 2016:
Morrison is never adrift for long. In 2007, he set his sights on a rich Liberal prize: the federal parliamentary seat of Cook, centred on Sutherland Shire, scene of the Cronulla race riots two years before. (The seat was being vacated by his old patron, Bruce Baird, who had moved into federal politics.)
Baird’s retirement triggered an almighty battle between the Right and Left factions of the NSW Liberal Party, both seeking to install their choice of successor. The initial winner of the preselection contest was a young Lebanese Catholic, Michael Towke, who had been quietly stacking branches for the Right faction for months while posing as a footsoldier for the Left.
By the time Morrison showed up, Towke was already in possession of a sizeable bloc of branch votes and the Left was running several stellar candidates of its own.
Morrison, who had either misread the numbers or taken very bad advice, fell between the two factions. He found himself eliminated in the first round, garnering only eight votes. Towke emerged the victor with more than 80 votes. This was a potentially fatal blow to Morrison’s political ambitions, but the minute the result became known, party heavyweights in Canberra were on the phone demanding it be sorted out. How could a virtual unknown have defeated a former party state director?
Towke soon found himself the target of a media campaign suggesting he had inflated his CV. Rumours were peddled that his family had unsavoury associations and that he had fudged an early history with the ALP. Liberal head office bombarded him with lengthy interrogations about his credentials, while Towke hired lawyers to fend off a raft of allegations. On August 3, 2007, the party’s NSW executive refused to endorse his preselection. At the same time, Towke says, he was gagged by the party, leaving him unable to defend himself.
Several days later, he was summoned to a secret backroom meeting at NSW party headquarters. Memories differ sharply about who was in attendance and what was said. But Good Weekend can reveal the existence of a secret deed drawn up by the party on August 15, in which Towke agreed to withdraw from the preselection in return for the party publicly acknowledging him to be a “fit and proper person”.
Towke alleges the pressure from the party hierarchy to sign the document was relentless. He says he was instructed to support Morrison’s candidacy, while being bound to keep the deed confidential. Even now, few who were senior in the party at the time admit knowing of its existence. Those contacted by Good Weekend declined to go on the record, though one insisted “it was not driven by the need to get Scott preselected”.
Towke accuses his opponents of fanning the rumours against him, and suggesting his Lebanese background made him unelectable in the heavily Anglo Shire. “What was done to Towke was sickening to watch,” says one of his supporters. “But Towke’s numbers went to Morrison the second time around, that’s the great irony.”
Morrison – who flatly denies any knowledge of the deed – emerged the victor when, in an almost unprecedented event for the Liberal Party, the preselection was held a second time. (In October 2010, the party secretly refunded Towke $33,000 in legal costs associated with the Cook preselection.) Morrison angrily rejects any knowledge of muckraking or the race card being played against Towke. (Click here to read more)
News Limited’s The Sydney Telegraph were the hitman that Scott Morrison and the Liberal Party used to destroy Michael Towke in 2007 so that Morrison could take the preselection for the federal seat of Cook. The SMH reported in 2009:
News Limited was willing to pay dearly for this story not to be published. It first offered a $110,000 payment, plus a private apology, to avoid going to court. But the price it demanded was that the matter be kept confidential. The company was told to take a jump. See you in court.
The Daily Telegraph had published four stories about Michael Towke which he believed had defamed him, destroyed his political career, and caused untold stress to his family. ”These stories sent my mother to hospital,” he told me. ”They demonised me. I wanted to confront them in court.” (Click here to read more)
It’s only when putting the different stories together on Michael Towke and Scott Morrison does the full picture start to appear. What is says is that Morrison and his supporters in the Liberal Party will do and say anything for power so we should buckle up for one hell of a ride for the next 4 to 6 weeks until the federal election.
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