Dec 7, 2012

Brumby as COAG reformer? The last person you’d want

John Brumby's appointment to the COAG Reform Council is shabby and undeserved for a man of his parochial, protectionist record as premier of Victoria.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

As leaders met in Canberra this morning for the Council of Australian Governments gabfest, the Prime Minister announced John Brumby will replace Paul McClintock as chair of the COAG Reform Council, the body charged with reporting on and driving COAG’s reform agenda.

It’s a shabby, jobs-for-the-boys appointment from a government that has been better than most when it comes to putting people of merit into positions regardless of partisan background.

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5 thoughts on “Brumby as COAG reformer? The last person you’d want

  1. Dion Giles

    PROTECTIONISM !!! Australians working for Australians!! Australian economy governed by Australians!! Shock Horror! And Murray Darling Basin managed so we’ll still have a Murray Darling Basin in a decade’s time – one with water in it! Dunno much about this Bracks character, but I’m starting to like him.

  2. Peter Logan

    It was Brumby who ignored the Victorian Auditor-General’s advice that the grand prix failed a cost benefit analysis and future events should be subjected to an update of the orignal peer reviewed study.
    Instead, Brumby committed Victoria to five more years and a quarter of a billion dollars in public subsidies, with no justification, apart from discredited attendance, tv ratings, etc, all grossly exaggerated.

  3. geomac62

    I found the obsession with PPPs the worst part of Brumby as premier . As journo Kenneth Davidson has regularly shown they don,t deliver value for taxpayers money and contract details are too heavily in favour of private as against public .
    Bolte wasn,t my favourite person but he put Victoria deep in the red to build major infrastructure that benefited Victorians rather than consortiums . Two reasons Bolte blotted his career : hanging Ryan for political reasons and being the only Victorian to have his blood sample lost after a drink accident .
    One thing I will give Brumby is when he broadcast very clearly the coming danger that led to black Saturday . I have never seen a polly put it out there so starkly and without spin . Other than that he was a competent premier who kept the obsession of being in the black while delivering a reasonable service to the public , a B or C+ .

  4. pritu

    Didn’t he squander most of the goodwill built up by Bracks in one short term?

  5. geomac62

    He didn,t have the same presence as Bracks . Brumby was credited with building up the regional vote while treasurer for Bracks by the media . Having both the pipeline thing and the desal plant annoyed rural voters on either side of the state . I could never understand why they undertook both projects instead of just one . The desal plant was overkill , too big and a panic decision because of the conditions after a decade of drought .
    Ballyhoo surprisingly has lost his shine by mid term . Probably more because of Ryan and ministers like Guy , Davis and Wells than the perception of do nothing Ted .

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