Election Deciders

Jun 6, 2013

The Power Index: election deciders, the fixers at #2

Our top pollies' chiefs of staff Ben Hubbard and Peta Credlin are invaluable to their respective leaders, sending their troops into battle, calming hot tempers and negotiating back-room deals. The Power Index finds out what makes these political powerbrokers tick.

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

Who hits the phone when, at the start of a seemingly hopeless federal election campaign, a rogue backbencher openly mocks your official “talking points” on breakfast television? Who calms the troops when a veteran MP calls for an outbreak of anti-asylum-seeker rhetoric to sandbag marginal seats?

Inside the Prime Minister’s Office, the shit sandwiches all fall on the plate of one man, Julia Gillard’s chief of staff and fixer extraordinaire Ben Hubbard. And on the other side of Parliament House, silently punching the air and honing her small-target strategy, lies his opposite number, veteran Tony Abbott counsel Peta Credlin.

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