By Andrew Bolt ~
Australia’s Turnbull Government ministers and influential backbenchers at first did not believe me when I reported that Malcolm Turnbull had quietly had a Greens candidate, Lin Hatfield Dodds, made one of the deputy secretaries of his Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, in charge of his social policy.
Incredible, but true.
Here is how Hatfield Dodd’s job was first advertised, suggesting the power this Greens candidate will now have with Turnbull, whose slogans shape the job description:
The Deputy Secretary, Social Policy works collaboratively across the public service, industry and academia to provide whole of government advice to the Prime Minister on a range of social policy issues, including health, education, immigration, social services and gender equality. The Deputy Secretary provides advice to the Prime Minister on major Commonwealth initiatives…
In concert with the Deputy Secretary, Economic, and the Deputy Secretary, Innovation and Transformation, the role leads the Domestic Policy Group. As a member of the Department’s Executive Leadership Group, the role is responsible for contributing to the leadership of the Department through active involvement in executive decision making processes and representational activities… We are seeking an innovative, agile, forward-looking person…
And so at the heart of Turnbull’s social policy agenda is a Green who wrote this of Labor Treasurer Wayne Swan’s 2013 Budget, which promised four years of Budget surpluses than never came – and a disability scheme whose massive costs are likely to blow out disastrously:
This is a legacy budget. The further into history it recedes, the better it is going to look in terms of economic management…
The jewel in the crown has to be the Australian Government committing to ten years of funding for DisabilityCare, which once rolled out will make a significant difference in the daily lives of nearly half a million Australians who will be better able to participate in their community…
It’s a gutsy budget in a challenging economic environment and an election year.
This is what Hatfield Dodds wrote in 2011 about Julia Gillard’s carbon tax, a breach of an election promise that drove up electricity prices without lowering temperatures::
The Government and the Multi Party Climate Change Committee (MPCCC) have crafted a historic package of reforms: driving long-run reductions in carbon pollution, simplifying personal tax and making it fairer, and reducing poverty traps and barriers to work.
Each of these steps would be worthwhile on their own. Together, they send two clear signals. First, the Government has found its mojo. Second, minority government is not an impediment to good policy.
The package lays the groundwork for Australia’s transition to a clean energy future, allowing us to play our part in global action to address climate change. It will put a price on carbon…..
Watch Malcolm Turnbull reveal his true Greens self after the election.
Andrew Bolt writes for the Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph, and The Advertiser and runs Australia’s most-read political blog. On week nights he hosts The Bolt Report on Sky News at 7pm and his Macquarie Radio show at 8pm with Steve Price.