Monday, 3 September 2018

More evidence of the rot at the heart of the Liberal Party of Australia....

.....a political party dominated by self-important 'entitled' British-Europen white males.

Julia Helen Banks, Liberal MP for Chisholm

56 years of age in September 2018.
Married with two children.

One of only twelve women in a federal parliamentary Liberal Party of sixty members.

Committee Service: House of Representatives Standing: Economics from 14.9.16; Social Policy and Legal Affairs from 14.9.16 (Chair from 6.2.18).

Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament:
BA (Monash), 1984.
LLB (Monash), 1986.
Lawyer, Private Practice.
Corporate Counsel, Hoechst Australia.
General Counsel (Australia/NZ), Senior Counsel (Asia Pacific), Director Corporate Affairs (Australia/NZ, Asia Pacific), Kraft Foods, 1992-2008.
General Counsel and Company Secretary; Head of Compliance and Risk Management, GlaxoSmithKline Australasia, 2009-14.
Chief General Counsel and Company Secretary, George Weston Foods, 2014-16.

The Guardian, 29 August 2018:

The Morrison government has taken another blow in the aftermath of last week’s leadership spill, with Liberal backbencher Julia Banks declaring she will quit Parliament at the next election in a decision that puts a key marginal seat in play.

Ms Banks blasted the “vindictive” behaviour of the Liberal Party’s factional powerbrokers in a thinly-veiled attack on those who pushed for Peter Dutton to replace Malcolm Turnbull in last week’s chaotic spill.

Her decision is a devastating blow for the government because its survival depends on its ability to hold ground like her seat of Chisholm in suburban Melbourne, which she won by a margin of just 1.6 per cent at the last election after leaving a successful career in business.

“I have always listened to the people who elected me and put Australia’s national interest before internal political games, factional party figures, self-proclaimed power-brokers and certain media personalities who bear vindictive, mean-spirited grudges intent on settling their personal scores,” Ms Banks said in a statement.

“Last week’s events were the last straw....

The announcement came after a frantic 24 hours of negotiation as Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg urged Ms Banks to stay in Parliament and fight the next election to hold her crucial marginal seat.

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