Richard Beasley, SC. (Image: AAP/James Elsby)

Having a good pandemic

The National COVID-19 Co-ordination Commission, the opaque, hand-picked corporate problem solvers lead by former Fortescue Metals Group chief executive, Neville Power, has stumped up $541,750 for "social policy research":

government tender document

The recipient is Jim Reed, trading as Resolve Strategic. Resolve's website brags that "Jim is a veteran of 20 elections (with a record of 16 wins and two hung parliaments to just two losses)".

Indeed Reed is a former group director of research and strategy at C|T Group (formerly Crosby|Textor), the strategy and polling group behind victories for (among many other conservative governments) Boris Johnson, Tony Abbott, David Cameron and Scott Morrison, although he'd left for Newgate Research by the time of Morrison's victory.