Poor old Andrew Robb lost his $800,000 a year job with the Chinese Landbridge corporation because (he says) Barnaby Joyce and Malcolm Turnbull said nasty things about China that got him sacked (???). From the ABC;
But he said his employment with Landbridge ended "in September, October last year" when the company's chairman was told Beijing would not accept the proposal.
"He was told in no uncertain terms by the senior officials that unfortunately the relationship between Australia and China had become so toxic that this would be put in the bin," Mr Robb said.
Poor, poor Andrew Robb - horrible politicians at home said some defamatory things about the Chinese Communist Party and so they sacked him from his job. What was the offending remark that got him sacked?
"When the prime minister of Australia, in bringing in a register of people who are working for foreign companies, got up and in Mandarin said something, paraphrased that for Australia, as standing up for its freedom … they [the Chinese] were just gob-smacked and deeply offended," he said.
Barnaby Joyce has responded immediately and said something that (oddly) made a lot of sense:
"Well, it sounds like myself, Malcolm Turnbull, ASIO, ASIS, are all on the wrong page and Andrew's on the right page — well, we're in the presence of genius here," he said.
And this sort of stuff is exactly why I and dare others are against, privatization. The process and tenders are commercial in confidence, read grey and, the regulators seem to be an incompetent piece of wet lettuce. But it was allowed. Darwin port sale/lease is a joke. $506 million and iNT have already spent it. Shane? EDIT. If governments shouldn't be running these businesses, due to competitive forces, they also struggle in maximizing return for the taxpayer. Why?
Curious to know what Robb, knew. And evidently wasn't that valuable or had served his purpose.
And Don,yep, even Barnyard worked it out.
Certainly not rocket science.