Saville's Shout

Apr 7, 2014

Saville’s Shout: money and politics … ‘be interesting’ … Coalition squabbles …

Arthur Sinodinos left the confines of public life for a well-paying job at NAB, but Australian Water Holdings beckoned ...

Margot Saville — <em>Crikey</em> Sydney reporter

Margot Saville

Crikey Sydney reporter

Cashing in on public service? What do Arthur Sinodinos and Bill Clinton have in common? They have fallen victim to the Blair disease, which compels former politicos to leave public life and take up lucrative new careers.

Since leaving office, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has amassed a private fortune by working for JPMorgan Chase bank and the regimes of Qatar and Kazakhstan. Commentators have long noted his fondness for yachts, jets and luxury houses in the Caribbean.

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3 thoughts on “Saville’s Shout: money and politics … ‘be interesting’ … Coalition squabbles …

  1. MJPC

    We can probably forvive Arthur for displaying his sense of greed by cosying up to the rich and infamous, that’s normal for pollies without integrity.
    What I cannot fathom is the MD of a AWH who didn’t know who the other 9 Directors were, wasn’t aware of the financial status of the company he was in charge of and then expects the public to accept his professions of innocence.
    I also cannot understand how the PM can then say he will be back in a position with some responsibility for financial rectitude in government dealings. It’s like a comic opera that the audience continues to pay for (but very entertaining).

  2. leon knight

    The illegality is doubtless there – just a matter of continued digging until the ugly truth is revealed.
    Then we need some teeth to not just appropriately punish Arthur for deeds that dwarf the pathetic efforts of Thompson and Slipper, but severely discourage others from corrupt temptation….triple value fines and property confiscations is the way to go.
    Bring on some more red tape – more is badly needed.

  3. Margot Saville

    thanks for commenting

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