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Grubby smear campaign against Barbara Bennett

By Ralph 30 July 2007 62

You could see this one coming. Barbara Bennett, Workplace Authority boss, has been popping up on the TV recently, even on my Foxtel. Ms Bennett’s TV ads about the workplace reforms were sure to rub somebody (unions and the ALP) up the wrong way, so the leftist Fairfax media has the first bite highlighting that: Ms Bennett lives in the ritzy suburb of Forrest; is renovating her home; is an ex-ALP staffer; and is married to a political lobbyist. It is not entirely clear why any of this is supposed to be relevant.

Now throw in some slimy comments from an anonymous ALP MP:

“Barbara’s a talented woman but she’s got about eight years above herself with this Workplace Authority post,” one Labor MP said.

“Obviously you only get such a leg-up if you give something in return.”

Seems that seniority, not talent, is the name of the game for some people.

However, Ms Bennett’s TV ads do raise an interesting point about the use of public servants for what might be viewed as political purposes.


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Gungahlin Al 1:37 pm 16 Sep 08

Indeed Ant – most gracious of you.
Now if “gammar” will just teach grammar…

ant 1:27 pm 16 Sep 08

Good on you, Ms Bennett. You had some contrasting info to give, and gave it. And, despite a lot of negative comment against mother Bennett, this young lady has made a polite, informative reply. Now that is refreshing.

I hope Ms Bennett Snr. is doing well in her career now, and I hope mr Bennett’s burns healed up.

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