Tom Dusevic wrote an article Twists in a Labor family tree on 9 June 2012. It shows an extraordinarily complicated set of relationships throughout the Labor family. The complicated relationships still do my head in. I started to draw a family tree, but it made Barry Jones’ famous ‘spaghetti’ diagram look simple. Is there a word that describes this? Perhaps nepotism. But it supports James Buchanan’s contribution to public choice theory and the dominance of private interest in Labor politics. Dusevic’s article is a list of conniving, egotistical and greedy people who, unable to build a fortune in the private sector, extract rent from the public purse.
Here are their names:
Kathy Jackson, Craig Thomson, Michael Williamson, Mark Davis, Greg Combet, George Wright, Lindsay Tanner, Kevin Rudd, Karl Bitar, Mark Arbib, Alexandra Williamson, David Feeney, Liberty Sanger, Nicola Roxon, Josh Bornstein, Peter Slipper, Clyde Holding, Bill Shorten, Stephen Conroy, Kim Carr, Evan Thornley, Jeff Jackson, Tim Lee, Bernadette O’Neill, Struan Robertson, Criselee Stevens, Matthew Burke, Steve Hutchins, Natalie Sykes, Mark McLeay, Katie Hall, Christa Thomson, Zoe Arnold, Tony Sheldon, Sarah Kaine, Chris Williamson, Darren Williamson, Monique Irvine, Cherly McMillan, Marco Bolano, Julie Gillard, Pauline Fegan, Chris Brown, Lloyd Williams, Peter Mylan, Carol Glen, Gerard Hayes.