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Penny Wong on war powers reform

Penny Wong on war powers reform

Penny Wong's office gave Michael West Media the same response Brendan O'Connor provided, but added that an Albanese Labor government was committed to holding an inquiry into the issue. When asked whether Penny Wong believes Parliament should be consulted before...

Anne Aly on war powers reform

Anne Aly on war powers reform

Labor Federal Member for Cowan Anne Aly believes Parliament should be consulted before Australian troops are sent into armed conflict abroad. As well as being a Member of Parliament, Dr Aly is a counter-terrorism expert.[dpdfg_filtergrid include_categories="7859"...

Bill Shorten on war powers reform

Bill Shorten on war powers reform

When asked if Parliament should be consulted before Australian troops are sent into armed conflict abroad, Labor Federal Member for Maribyrnong Bill Shorten declined to comment. Bill Shorten's office told Michael West Media "our answer is please check with Shadow...

Julian Hill on war powers

Julian Hill on war powers

Labor's Julian Hill believes the question of whether Parliament should be consulted before Australian troops are sent into armed conflict abroad should be examined through a parliamentary inquiry. “At the very least we need to restore accountability to the parliament...

Kate Lundy

Kate Lundy

Kate Lundy was an ACT Senator (ALP) for 19 years. In 2012-13, during the Gillard government, she was Sports Minister and held assistant ministerial posts in innovation and technology. Immediately upon leaving politics Lundy took up directorships with a sport technologies network and the NRMA, and was soon appointed to the federal government’s Cyber Security Research Centre board. In addition, from 2016-2018 Lundy was employed by the ACT Government as Defence Industry Advocate. While in this role she became a director of Electro Optic Systems, a Canberra-based weapons systems manufacturer, which exports its products to Saudi Arabia and the UAE (both countries are accused of war crimes in Yemen).

Karl Bitar

Karl Bitar

Karl Bitar is a former political campaign director, serving under Julia Gillard in her 2010 Federal election campaign. His use of past political connections and inside knowledge has been criticised in his current executive role as a board member for James Packer’s Crown Resorts Ltd.

Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Less than two weeks after quitting parliament for health reasons, Mike Kelly, member of the powerful Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, accepted a job leading Palantir Technologies Australia. Palantir is a US datamining corporation that has worked for the Pentagon and the CIA.

Kim Beazley

Kim Beazley

Arguably the most dominant public figure straddling government and military industry in Australia. Closely connected to political, US alliance and military industry interests. Has expanded WA Governor role to include advocacy for WA defence industry. Before and after his time as Australia’s US Ambassador he engaged in industry corporate work.

Wayne Myers

Wayne Myers

Wayne Myers was a board member of QLD Government Owned Corporations whilst a lobbyist. Myers lobbied for (Indian) coal miner Adani, seeking entry in QLD. Myers became a director of the QLD arm of Australian Water Holdings, exploring coal seam gas industry (water/pipeline monopoly) opportunities.

Tracey Winters

Tracey Winters

Tracey Winters was an approvals consultant at gas companies Woodside Energy and Sasol Chevron, before moving into government roles, including for a federal resources minister during approval of eastern Australia’s first CSG-LNG projects (for BG Group/QGC and Santos). Following the CSG-LNG approvals, Winters re-joined the gas industry: BG Group (vice president environment); Caltex; and Santos Ltd (government and public affairs).

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