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OCTOBER31 – NOVEMBER6, 2015 No. 84
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Paul Bongiorno on Abetz’s
promised Berlin posting
Hamish McDonald on
Packer’s China casinos
Mia Wasikowska talks
photography and family
Allowing a supportive
journalist access to
Nauru does nothing
to assuage the levels
of secrecy and lies on
the island. By Martin
With an alliance
redolent of the Hawke–
Keating era, the compact
between Turnbull and
Morrison is key to the
Sophie Morris reports.
new power pact
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committee with responsibilityfor
finalising the budget convened in recent
weeksforits first few meetings,it was
Malcolm Turnbull rather than treasurer
As part of his pitch for the
he felt Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey had
failed tosellaneconomic messageand
that he was best qualified to rectifythis.
Soit isthat Turnbull hasthus far
takenthe lead inthe expenditure review
committee,ashis government prepares
forits first significant economic statement
inDecemberand beginsto plota budget
nominallythe chairofthe ERC,but it
usually fallstothe treasurertorun it.In due
course,Morrison isexpectedtotake the
reinsasthe committee getsdowntodetail.
sayshe’sleaving ittohisministers to run
their portfolios,it isclearheseesdrafting
message aspart ofhisownjob.
spot intheformalcabinet rankings–
Joyce– hisrelationship with theprime
ministeris perhaps themost important
Andtherelationship goesback a
long way.Justoveradecadeago, Turnbull
and Morrisonfaced amake-or-break
test that could have ended each of their
political careers before they had begun.
Turnbull, the investment banker
and the Liberal Party’s federal treasurer,
was impatient foraspotinparliament
and had resolved tochallengefirst-term
LiberalMPPeterKing fortheprized seat
Morrison, as statedirector of
theLiberal Party in New South Wales,
Great WentworthStack, as King and
Turnbullcompeted inlate2013 to sign
upnew memberstosupport them inthe
preselection battlethe following March.
as statedirector,” recalls Liberal senator
for NSW Bill Heffernan.
Earlier this week, Nauru’s Regional
Processing Centre3 was evacuated.An
artillery shellhad been discovered on
site, the second in 18 months. After an
anxious exhumation, it wasremoved
asylum seekers asked Australians about
the shell’s danger and provenance. It was
likelydropped there morethan70years
uponwhat wasthen – after thebrutal
exileof Nauruans – aJapanese military
base. Then again, it might havebeen
blasted there by aGerman warship set
upon destroyingthe island’s phosphate
supplies toAustralia.Eitherway, theshell
lay buried and latently lethal, an exotic
marker of Nauru’s surprisinglyfrequent
involvem ent in int ernat io nal tu r m oil.
Itisarecent historythat hascast Nauru
as violated subject, wealthytrader and
financial launderer for global drug lords
ofits current roleas ourclient stateis
built uponreminders of its historicrole
The shell’s discovery might ask
questions about how responsiblythe
Italsoservesas a metaphorforhow the
contempt and inadequatereporting
regimes,hiddenand dangerous. Fortwo
years, Au st r alian jou rnalis ts h ave been
effectively repelled from the country
and an inspection of these conditions.
Until, that is, the approved visit by The
Australian’s Chris Kenny last week.
Reporting onetempest,Kenny –and
his critics – created another. Kenny
sought out Abyan – the Somalian
refugee and alleged rape victim – who
is now desperately seeking an abortion.
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