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Michael West reveals coal connections within the Office of the Prime Minister

Independent journalist Michael West says the LNP’s third term has seen PM Scott Morrison “stack his office with lifelong pro-coal lobbyists who now, after so many years of banging on the door, are able to formulate policy directly.” lists:

• Brendan Pearson, Senior Advisor for International Trade and Investment, ex-CEO of the Mineral Council of Australia (MCA), and former Vice President of Government Relations for Peabody Coal.

• John Kunkel, Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, former Deputy CEO of MCA

• Yaron Finkelstein, Prime Minister’s Principal Private Secretary, former CEO of Crosby Textor

• Andrew Hirst, Liberal Party campaign director, Crosby Textor alumni

• Isaac Levido, Deputy Liberal Party campaign director, Crosby Textor alumni

• James McGrath, LNP Senator for Queensland, Crosby Textor alumni

• Stephanie Wawn, Senior Advisor to Morrison, former manager for CapitalHill Advisory

• Matthew Fynes-Clinton, Speech-Writer, former deputy chief of staff and editor of The Courier Mail

• Andrew Carswell, Press Secretary, formerly chief of staff at The Daily Telegraph

• Thomas Adolph, Advisor, formerly with The Australian

For more information regarding the #RevolvingDoors between the mining industry and government see the report below, which includes a video co-produced with Greenpeace Australia:

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  1. bubbley

    Why the hell isn’t Labor shouting about this?

    Oh that’s right, they are in just as deep with the coal miners.

  2. Lalla

    So true. Until they leave coal Labor is dead to me, just as Garrett warned Albanese. We’re leaving Labor behind.

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