South Australia

May 27, 2014

SA’s former Liberal leader joins the Weatherill government

Years of frustrations have tipped former Liberal Party leader Martin Hamilton-Smith into Jay Weatherill's cabinet, writes his former communications adviser and InDaily journalist Kevin Naughton.

Martin Hamilton-Smith’s South Australian Liberal Party colleagues have had plenty of opportunities to embrace his “can-do” view of politics. On occasions they have; in recent times they haven’t.

By the eve of the 2014 election, the former SA Liberal Party leader was sorely frustrated at the reluctance of his party to take the policy agenda by the throat, opting instead for a small-target strategy they had hoped would deliver them government. It didn’t.

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  1. marant

    Mr Hamilton-Smith’s so-called ‘defection’ is an extremely rare sign of maturity in Australian politics. By way of contrast, the adversarial and combative behaviour of the major parties could turn our to be mutually destructive.
    Australia could be run more effectively with a government of, say, ten ministers in a cooperative government, than the present horde of combative functional amateurs that comprise our current government, or the last several, for that matter.

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