I had to laugh when I read that Chris Evans is jumping ship. Only this week I had a meeting with one of Melbourne’s VC and I was making the point that Evans seems to have been completely uninterested in his higher education portfolio responsibilities, a claim that was denied by the others at the meeting.
Let’s fact is, Evans has been a disaster.
- He is just the typical ex-union official/party hack who now retires on an obscenely high guaranteed parliamentary pension (which is in marked contrast with the comrades he once represented);
- He was the minister who declared the facility at Christmas Island to be a white elephant – oops, spoke too soon; said he was proud to ditch the Pacific Solution only to see it reintroduced by his government; and oversaw a massive influx of boat arrivals (including some who didn’t make it) even though his beloved ‘push’ factors had been there all along.
- He was absolutely hopeless as the Workplace Relations Minister, only achieving a few more appointments for Labor mates down at Fair Work Australia and elsewhere. During the Qantas dispute, he was nowhere to be seen – taking it easy in Perth – and Bill Shorten did all the running.
- He has achieved nothing as Higher Education Minister apart from overseeing a signficant cut to research infrastructure funding and the ditching of the recommendations of the admittedly flawed funding model proposed by the Lomax Smith report.
Good riddance, I say. And there are a few more like him.
And as for Dreyfus as AG? One minute Labor lawyer doing dodgy planning law, now the AG. And how bad has he been in his role assisting Climate Change Clown, Combet.
The one real talent in the Labor Caucus is Andrew Leigh and he has been given nothing. I guess too smart and not factionally aligned. A real pity.