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Hadley – who began his career calling greyhound races – was one of the loudest agitators who contributed to the former premier’s stunning backflip.
So you’d think Anderson would be front-row-centre, ready to make a good impression. Alas, the minister stood up Hadley like a blind date.
His media adviser Michael Hansen has taken one for the team, admitting he forgot to tell his boss about the interview.
Hadley’s on-air spray about the stuff-up was measured, by his standards. We’re told Anderson was “not thrilled” with Hansen – and fair enough.
Hansen, who is also Anderson’s deputy chief-of-staff, is proving a bit gaffe-prone. It was only a few days ago he accidentally revealed Berejiklian’s private email address in a mass mailout to reporters.
In fairness, it has been a tough time in the Anderson office, with half of Sydney’s apartment blocks uninhabitable and the government scrambling to come up with some “better regulation”.
News of Anderson’s no-show hadn’t reached his boss, acting Premier John Barilaro, until CBD called on Monday afternoon. Berejiklian’s people, however, were all too aware from the outset. Here’s hoping she returns before the whole show goes to the, er, dogs.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
How wonderful to see former Fairfax Media spinner Brad Hatch find refuge in the office of new federal communications minister and north shore darling Paul Fletcher.
Hatch, who spent nearly seven years as comms director for the former publisher of this newspaper until its merger with Nine, has washed up as Fletcher’s senior media adviser.
Back in the day he helped craft Fairfax’s missives against the Coalition’s plans to ramp up secrecy laws and bolster metadata retention, warning they would impede journalists from doing their jobs.
Now Hatch is repping the government just as it finds itself at war with the media over press freedom, following police raids on the ABC and News Corp as part of separate leak investigations. An abrupt change of pace, to say the least.
There’s another surprise addition to the Coalition’s staffing ranks. Daniel Glover, son of ABC presenter Richard Glover, has started spinning for Industry Minister Karen Andrews.
Thanks to Glover Snr’s columns for this paper, we already know way too much about “Batboy” – including the allegation he “has never read a book”. Do incoming government briefs count?
And while we’re keeping tabs on appointments, tobacco giant Philip Morris International has recruited another former politico to its corporate affairs team.
This time it’s Heidi Victoria, a long-serving Victorian MP who lost her seat at the last state election. She’s off to join ex-Institute of Public Affairs talking head Simon Breheny as PMI continues its mission to get consumers to ditch darts in favour of the (less bad) e-cigarette.
ALL’S FAIR IN FUNDRAISING
It always seemed a stretch to ask reality TV fans to chip into a GoFundMe campaign to raise cash for a series following one-time mob wife Roberta Williams and her family.
And presumably, the Williams family’s odds of hitting their $50,000 target lengthened again after revelations surfaced Roberta and five associates were under investigation for allegedly kidnapping, extorting and assaulting the producer.
But GoFundMe is OK with the fundraiser, apparently. The page listed by the Williams family is still up and running, police investigation and all.
Asked whether the allegations had changed GoFundMe’s attitude to hosting the family’s fundraising page, a representative simply said its “team of trust and safety experts [was] closely monitoring this campaign”.
This is the same outfit that punted outspoken rugby player Israel Folau from the platform after he tried to raise the $3 million he reckons it will cost to defend his right to make anti-gay statements while retaining his spot in the Wallabies.
Just goes to show there’s no point trying to understand the tech crowd.
The Williams family has tried to sell the expected small screen train wreck as “a Mob Wives-meets-The Kardashians” kind of affair, which they also claim will air “the truth” about the Lawyer X scandal.
But they might have overestimated audience appetite. The viewers aren’t biting, donating just $860 toward the $50,000 target.
Michael Koziol is a political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
Samantha is the The Age’s CBD columnist. She recently covered Victorian and NSW politics and business for News Corp, and previously worked for the Australian Financial Review.