Liberal candidate for today’s Aston by-election Roshena Campbell appears to have already ingratiated herself with the so-called Victorian “blue bloods” of the party, before even winning the seat, as widely tipped.
In February former Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg emerged from new found obscurity to “endorse” Campbell, despite being having suffered an historic trouncing in last year’s Federal Election.
That public endorsement is despite Frydenberg having overseen the cover-up of a high-profile inquiry into corruption at the top of Australia’s corporate regulator.
James Shipton and Daniel Crennan QC — so-called “blue bloods” of the Melbourne establishment— were forced to depart as chair and deputy chair of the Australian Security and Investments Commission (ASIC) after it was revealed they paid themselves almost $200,000 more than they were legally entitled.
Frydenberg as Treasurer announced an investigation into the scandal, to be conducted by private investigator Dr Vivienne Thom — at an ultimate cost to taxpayers of over $100,000 — and promised to make its findings public.
After Frydenberg was ousted from his seat of Kew at last May’s federal election, he was appointed to Goldman Sachsas “senior regional advisor for the Asia Pacific”.
A “child of the Melbourne establishment”. Source: AFR
Despite having overseen the corruption of the “investigation” into corruption at the top of the nation’s corporate regulator, many pundits have predicted Frydenberg will attempt to be re-elected to federal parliament.
The vast majority of the public remains unaware of Frydenberg’s ASIC cover-up, with almost all media outlets repeating his false claims that the inquiry cleared Shipton of any wrongdoing.
As previoulsy revealed, Thom quit as a senior executive at CPM Reviews, the company appointed to conduct the ASIC probe, almost immediately after Frydenberg published the doctored version of her report.
Despite the salary breaches being the biggest scandal in ASIC’s 30-year history, there have been no consequences over the secret deletions of the investigation’s findings.
A political push by Frydenberg would also be despite him as Treasurer giving over $40 billion of taxpayer funds to companies that didn’t need it under the JobKeeper stimulus, in one of the worst cases of taxpayer waste in Australian history.
Weeks out from last year’s May federal election, it emerged the then CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria Karen Hayes had appeared in advertisements spruiking Frydenberg, despite it being illegal for charities to endorse politicians or political parties.
The advertisements were legally authorised by Frydenberg.
“The advertisements were legally authorised by Frydenberg”
The scandal kicked off a devastating year for the charity, drawing the spotlight on its systemic poor performance.
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