In 2013, the AEC conducted a compliance review of Tony Abbott's fundraising body, The Warringah Club, and found the figures didn't add up, writes Sydney bureau chief Ross Jones.
I’ve just finished a major project and now find myself with a bit of time on my hands.
My office is really a cupboard attached to the back of the house and, as such, it doubles as storage for a seldom-used lawnmower and a scuba outfit that dates back to Lloyd Bridges. But it contains life’s essentials – a beer fridge, a digital radio and a Mac with a filthy keyboard.
Accordingly, I have been drinking beer, listening to a wide range of weird stuff and trawling the Twitter spectrum.
A recipe for psychosis, you might think. Probably right, but thankfully I am of an age where no-one really notices.
My topic is #Auspol. I can sit and watch this go round for hours, a bit like sitting in front of a front-loader washing machine. Tub spins right, tub spins left... Look! There go my undies!
The essential notion of a socialist society is fundamentally force. #AusPol— . (@MiltonFriedmanS) July 4, 2014
Which is at least less ambiguous.
But add a bit more biodegradable detergent and some entertaining tid bits can fluoresce.
For example, had I not persevered to the spin cycle, I would never have known that in 2013 the Australian Electoral Commission conducted a compliance review of The Waringah Club — Tony Abbott’s local fundraising organisation, akin to Joe Hockey’s North Sydney operation, with its tables of mates, including AWH.
(As an aside, the Hockey/Sinodinos links are irresistible. Hockey v Fairfax in March 2015 is going to be quality entertainment).
To put you out of your suspense, the AEC review concluded:
Except for the matters noted above.
$11k — bugger all you’d think.
But it means that at the very core of Abbott’s heartland, things just don’t add up.
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