Ghosts of Margaret and Ronald

Apparently Treasurer Josh Frydenberg claims to take “inspiration” from Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

TAFKAS wonders what Thatcher and Reagan would think of this:

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has told the chairman of Rio Tinto that the company’s next chief executive should be Australian along with the majority of its directors.

Any other directives the Treasurer would like to give to other private companies?

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30 Responses to Ghosts of Margaret and Ronald

  1. Entropy

    These careerist politicians truly think the world only turns because they say so.

    No. real. World. Experience.

  2. caveman

    I dont think it’s inspiration , he just takes the names in vain.

  3. Robber Baron

    Josh is so utterly compromised he is a certainty to be PM after Morrison.

  4. Archivist

    Of all the things you could call him on, this is not the most compelling.

  5. Angus Black

    With respect, advice and opinion does not constitute a directive.

  6. Eyrie

    STFU , Josh. Nobody needs advice from the likes of you.

  7. H B Bear

    Most politicians suffer delusions they could have made it in the private sector instead of a life of insider deals and patronage. Nearly all of them are wrong – like Fraudenberg.

  8. Rusty of Qld

    Hey Josh, put your money and self where your mouth is, get out into private enterprise, Rio Tinto for example and put your desires into action. No? didn’t think so.

  9. duncanm

    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has told the chairman of Rio Tinto that the company’s next chief executive should be Australian along with the majority of its directors.

    at which point I hope the RT chairman told him where he could stick his request.

  10. Bruce in WA

    With respect, advice and opinion does not constitute a directive.

    With respect, he “told” the chairman, not advised or suggested — and “should” would suggest some form of directive.

  11. Hay Stockard

    What’s gone wrong with the Liarbrils in a nutshell.

  12. Roger

    Marcia Langton now threatening to close Rio Tinto’s Australian operations down.

    What have you got to say about that, Josh?

  13. Bob in Castlemaine

    Pretty big call by Josh, what ever happened to merit based appointments. Even by the woke PC standards of today an all Australian board for an international company like RIO wouldn’t be kosher.
    I doubt Maggi or Ronnie would agree with you on this one.

  14. Tom

    What Frydenberg is actually dogwhistling is that, if CRA follows its long established practice of hiring the best worldwide candidate for its global business, Canberra will consider the company an enemy.

    So much for foreign investment.

    This (economic fascism) is what you get when the government thinks it runs the economy and big businesses like CRA acquiesce.

  15. The BigBlueCat

    duncanm
    #3584303, posted on September 14, 2020 at 10:00 am
    Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has told the chairman of Rio Tinto that the company’s next chief executive should be Australian along with the majority of its directors.

    at which point I hope the RT chairman told him where he could stick his request.

    I hope he laughed Josh out of the meeting! There’s the door Josh – use it.

  16. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Marcia Langton now threatening to close Rio Tinto’s Australian operations down.

    Marcia Langton is positioning herself for a seat on the Aboriginal “Voice ” to Parliament. Closing down Rio Tinto should establish her credentials for said seat.

  17. Entropy

    Bruce in WA
    #3584357, posted on September 14, 2020 at 10:47 am
    With respect, advice and opinion does not constitute a directive.

    With respect, he “told” the chairman, not advised or suggested — and “should” would suggest some form of directive

    Quite so, politicians think of themselves as rulers, and any suggestion carries imperial undertones that are to be taken seriously or else.

  18. Terry

    ‘With respect, advice and opinion does not constitute a directive.’

    Neither does “Regulatory Guidance” and yet it has the same effect.

    Gee, nice business ya got there. Would be a real shame if somethin’ happened to it.

  19. Pyrmonter

    The Doomlord’s thread of yesterday about Liberal ineffectiveness at weeding out the ‘Left’ refers. JF is pretty useless, and dangerously unmoored to any understanding of how private markets work. But things could get worse.

  20. These days the Sudanese, most of Asia, hell, just about the entire world are Australian. So he’s left the door pretty wide open. He’s more or less said that they can’t be from Easter Island.

  21. Davo the spy

    Who are the morons, the politicians or the majority of people who keep voting them in…or both?

    Non-compulsory voting would be an improvement, along with the average Australia wage for politicians: pay peanuts you get monkeys, but pay more and you just get richer monkeys who want to hold onto the job for longer

  22. Angus Black

    Goodness, are the cats as intolerant as the Left? It appears so.

  23. The Sheriff

    Josh fancies himself as CEO of Rio – that’s the not so subtle hint he gave to the Chairman.

  24. MatrixTransform

    are the cats as intolerant as the Left?

    we are putting up with your shiite … so far

  25. Rex Anger

    Goodness, are the cats as intolerant as the Left? It appears so.

    If you have a beef with it, there is a whole Internet still available to you…

  26. Angus Black

    If you have a beef with it, there is a whole Internet still available to you…

    Not at all, fill your boots.

    Might almost be reading the Grauniad 🙂

  27. Marcia Langton is positioning herself for a seat on the Aboriginal “Voice ” to Parliament. Closing down Rio Tinto should establish her credentials for said seat.

    WA Treasurer Ben Wyatt last week called for seats on boards of mining companies to be reserved for Indigenous people. There may be some candidates with the credentials to do the job but I can picture the scramble of self-appointed leaders elbowing each other out of the way to get the front of the queue.

  28. H B Bear

    The only job in the private sector most ex pollies get is a door opener at Macquarie or Delloittes for their mates. Or selling off strategic infrastructure to the Ch1nks – hello Andrew Robb.

  29. H B Bear

    The miners have to deal with enough Professional Aboriginals without having them on their boards as well.

  30. Whalehunt Fun

    Here’s a directive. The next treasurer should not be a backdoor licking suckup to the socialist filth in the liberal party that mislabel themselves as moderates.

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