EYE-BALL Opinion on – Mal Brough – is it replacing one crook with another –
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| Author: EYE-BALL Opinion | 30th July 2012 |
|T he Liberal National pre-selection for the Federal seat of Fisher was yesterday and Mal Brough was endorsed as the next Candidate for the next Federal Election.
It is widely accepted that the current sitting Member Peter Slipper, now an Independent after resigning from the Liberal Party earlier this year to take up the Speaker position in the HOR’s – cannot win this seat at the next election. He is still facing Legal investigations and Court proceedings over alleged ‘sexual harassment’ and ‘expense rorting’ allegations.
Mal Brough has been awaiting an opportunity to return to Federal politics and his five-year wait now rests on his pre-selection as a Liberal National Party candidate for Peter Slipper’s seat of Fisher.
Brough lost the Federal Qld seat of ‘Longman’ in the Howard 2007 election loss. The seat was won back by Liberal candidate – Roy Watt in the 2010 election.
Under Howard, Brough was a rising star and served as Minister for Families and Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in the last years of his term. He had been a MP since 1996.
He is the brother of former ‘Family Feud’ host, Sunshine Coast media celebrity, and current Channel 7 Sunshine Coast Newsreader – Rob Brough. See Mal Brough’s Wikipedia profile here …
In recent months he has been connected with the Peter Slipper affair – i.e. allegations of sexual harassment and Parliamentary expense rorting. Recent media reports have Mal Brough connected with the Slipper accuser Ashby in providing ‘advice and guidance’ in helping Ashby formulate his allegations and claims. Read this story here … and more here …
Brough has a vested interest in seeing Peter Slipper disgraced as the sitting Member in the seat he has just been pre-selected for. Why he would be so obvious in assisting Ashby against Slipper is a moot point. It does show just how desperate Brough is to get another crack at being a MP with all the perks and opportunities that presents.
Surely after 11 years and as a Minister of several different portfolios – that experience would have served him well in a search for a career in the private sector. Or, is this a case of someone who has been unable to adjust to a hand that feeds you, as opposed to a hand that has to find a way to feed itself.
Peter Slipper is the perfect example of why prospective candidates for high public office need to be vetted way beyond current standards. Perhaps the self-serving actions of Mal Brough also need to be investigated before he gets to have his name placed upon the ballot paper.
Some 300+ members attended the pre-selection meeting held yesterday. Yes that’s right, 300+ odd Liberal National Party members get to choose who represents the Liberal Nation Party for Fisher. There were 83,724 registered voters in the District of Fisher at the 2010 election. This 300 odd represents just 0.004% of the electorate – it really is a case of the extreme minority having a monster say in who gets to have a go at becoming the Federal Representative for Fisher.
I don’t know Mal Brough – only what comes via media performances and what is available via reading wider publications. Howard thought highly of him, and Tony Abbott supported him in the Fisher pre-selection vote. Malcolm Turnbull supported a different candidate as did a number of other prominent Liberal MP’s.
AN ABC story on this pre-selection victory dotted all his ‘I’s” and crossed all the “T’s” – read that story here …
But who is Mal Brough? If he can help orchestrate allegations of sexual harassment, and parliamentary expense rorting to destroy a siting MP – what else is he capable of. Voters in the electorate of Fisher need to know more.
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