She made her first outing at a Crestone client function in Perth about two weeks ago, speaking on a panel alongside VGI Partners boss Rob Luciano, UBS economist turned Crestone chief investment officer Scott Haslem, and Jeff Meeker, of US asset manager Hamilton Lane. Open to new opportunities: Julie Bishop takes a job with Crestone
She made her first outing at a Crestone client function in Perth about two weeks ago, speaking on a panel alongside VGI Partners boss Rob Luciano, UBS economist turned Crestone chief investment officer Scott Haslem, and Jeff Meeker, of US asset manager Hamilton Lane.
There are more appearances in the pipeline, given the former foreign affairs minister has been signed on a retainer basis.
Morgan told CBD that Bishop would be predominantly involved in client briefings, rather than having any input into the investment strategy.
“Given her role as deputy leader of the opposition and minister for foreign affairs, she’s in a good position to tell us what’s going on in the global economy and international trade and geopolitical disruption and Brexit,” Morgan told CBD.
AN EMERALD CITY ENDORSEMENT
At least the snafu over who doctored the City of Sydney’s annual report in a political attack on lord mayor Clover Moore gave Energy Minister Angus Taylor some brief respite from earlier questions about the Taylor family’s other activities.
To recap: Taylor, then the assistant cities minister, met with environment department officials in 2017 to discuss grassland clearing at the same time as environment department officials were investigating the family company over illegally clearing grassland.
He was representing the concerns of constituents, Taylor said.
But among discussions of the cut-and-paste job visited upon the City of Sydney’s annual report that roiled Coalition circles last week was one observation of keen interest to CBD: Taylor’s wife, the Spray Tan Capital barrister Louise Clegg, had lobbied former attorney-general George Brandis in late 2015 for the position of Sex Discrimination Commissioner.
As we recall, Elizabeth Broderick left the job after eight years in September 2015.
Newly deposed prime minister Tony Abbott raised the possibility of his former chief-of-staff Peta Credlin being given that particular sinecure. Turnbull turned him down.
But Turnbull’s office also intervened to make sure Clegg did not get the gig either.
Hey, for all the washed-up political apparatchiks that governments of both persuasions have flung into comfortable positions, at least Clegg had a long history of working in the law and public policy.
We asked Clegg, who sits on the board of Gerard Henderson’s Sydney Institute and the United States Studies Centre.
“I don’t talk to journalists,” she said. “I can’t talk about it.”
Kate Jenkins was appointed the Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 2016.
THE FULL MOONEE
South Australian jockey and star on the rise Jamie Kah emerged from the weekend’s Cox Plate carnival as the undisputed queen of the track, taking out Race 5 and the Australia Stakes, and one-half of the $100,000 Star of the Saddle Cox Plate carnival bonus.
But inside Moonee Valley’s committee room, Australia’s undisputed queen of industry held court: Australia’s richest woman, Gina Rinehart, resplendent in a bold necklace, kept a low profile on a table alongside Winx co-owner Debbie Kepitis.
Across the room, Moonee Valley Racing Club chairman Don Casboult hosted Victorian Racing Club chair Amanda Elliott and Melbourne Racing Club chairman Peter Le Grand, who spent most of the lunch deep in conversation.
Later in the afternoon, MRC’s chief executive Josh Blanksby – fair to say a definite exclusion from Elliott’s Christmas list – was spotted on the lawn hosted by online punting outfit BetEasy.
Also spotted enjoying the sunshine: BetEasy chief executive Matt Tripp, Tokyo-bound Melbourne Storm veteran Will Chambers and North Melbourne veteran Wayne Carey.
FISHING WITH DYNAMITE
Corporate headhunter Chris Pearce and the team inside the Melbourne offices of NGS Global sure have had a red-letter month.
The former Liberal member for Aston started October successfully convincing Tasmanian Liberal Division director Sam McQuestin to ditch the Apple Isle for the dysfunction of the Victorian Liberal Party. But now he’s onto his next client.
Pearce has been tapped to find a successor for Stephen Conroy to lead the betting advocates inside the Collins Street offices of Responsible Wagering Australia.
Readers will recall Conroy is heading out the door to spend more time at TG Endeavour, a public affairs consultancy alongside former John Howard’s adviser Mark Brandon-Baker and Bob Hawke’s private secretary Jeff Townsend. His successor will work under RWA chair and Pearce’s former Howard-era Liberal colleague, Nick Minchin.
Samantha is the The Age’s CBD columnist. She recently covered Victorian and NSW politics and business for News Corp, and previously worked for the Australian Financial Review.
Kylar Loussikian is The Sydney Morning Herald’s CBD columnist.