Foreign Minister Marise Payne was oddly reticent to validate Nick Greiner‘s appointment as Australia’s Consul-General to New york city. But any secret surrounding the previous NSW premier and federal president of the Liberal Celebration’s visit blew out the window when Greiner touched down in New York earlier this month and was immediately installed at the Consul-General’s house.
“Have actually been here 10 days and at Beekman [Location],” Greiner happily informed CBD on Thursday morning. Beekman Location is, obviously, the address of the Consul-General’s rather enviable house on Manhattan’s East Side with views of the East River and more than a dozen ambassadorial and government neighbours. Heck, even Australia’s recently selected ambassador to New York Mitch Fifield sits throughout the passage from Greiner’s.
< img alt ="Mitch Fifield and Nick Greiner"src= "https://static.ffx.io/images/$width_375/t_resize_width/q_86%2Cf_auto/c4f247b3fde5d9faed05efb6d71e97c03551d4b3"srcset="https://static.ffx.io/images/$width_375/t_resize_width/q_86%2Cf_auto/c4f247b3fde5d9faed05efb6d71e97c03551d4b3, https://static.ffx.io/images/$width_750/t_resize_width/q_62%2Cf_auto/c4f247b3fde5d9faed05efb6d71e97c03551d4b3 2x"> Mitch Fifield and Nick Greiner Credit: John Shakespeare Hopefully Fifield was apprised of Greiner’s arrival before his fellow Liberal associate showed up. Thankfully, Payne’s workplace was prepared to confirm his arrival on Thursday afternoon, applauding the previous Liberal federal president for his “extensive and varied experience” as ideal to promote “Australia’s strengths as a natural trade and financial investment partner” to magnate in New York and the northeastern states.
“The Consul-General likewise promotes Australia’s innovative and world class imaginative industries, education and the arts,” she added.Advertisement Greiner can’t begin
United States election. So much for that idea.But February is much better than never ever. Simply ask NewsCorp’s supposedly New York-bound global head of innovation Damian Eales. Nearly 10 months after his statement to the job in NewsCorp’s Huge Apple HQ, Eales stays in Birchgrove.ROLLING THE DICE It was a packed day in Crown’s offices, metres far from the empty gaming flooring in Sydney, as the embattled casino operator presented half-year results a week after being
denied a licence to run at Barangaroo. Freshly set up executive chairman Helen Coonan did her finest to sound upbeat as she handed down the business’s outcomes in a week marked by the resignation of 3 directors and one chief executive.Former chief executive Ken Barton just handed in his resignation on Monday early morning after former NSW Supreme Court judge Patricia Bergin declared the job of cleaning up the scandal-ridden video gaming giant too big for Barton. But simply days out from outcomes, it’s no marvel there was some internal keenness for Barton to hold out. Coonan, for her part, has actually been looking and acting the executive chairman’s part for some time. She’s been installed in a palatial corner workplace inside Crown Sydney since December. The former Howard-era Communications Minister appeared in your home delighting in Crown’s distinctly upscale in-house catering and butler service at a directors’meeting on Wednesday. However, the Crown gig has actually always been appealing for the frills which are available in addition to big wages, such as Coonan’s $2.5 million base pay.During Barton and previous executive chairman John Alexander’s time in their positions, non-monetary advantages consisting of advantages at Crown properties in Melbourne and Perth, transport, along with lodging and travel included close to $100,000 a year to salaries. In 2017, Alexander
took home some$ 76,000 in extra benefits. Barton’s benefits got as high as$83,000 in 2019, while then Australian resorts employer Barry Felstead took house an additional$ 145,000 in advantages. However, by Thursday early morning, Coonan had actually already demonstrated she deserved the position when Sydney University law school peer and NSW gaming and liquor regulator Philip Crawford stated he” needed” her in the function.”I require her to remain,”the previous lawyer told 2GB’s Ben Fordham.”Crown’s in crisis management and I’m happy I have actually got somebody to speak with, if she was gone I just don’t understand who we would need to speak to …”On the other hand, veteran media manager Karl Bitar, who served as Labor’s national secretary till 2012, is moving to a new function heading “transformation” at the gambling establishment operator. There’s no word yet onhis replacement. However, considering Crown has Bespoke Technique’s veteran spinner Ian Smith assisting on a retainer mooted to be as high as $
75,000 a month, that base may be well covered.OPENING NIGHT Philanthropists Jane and Andrew Clifford, eponymous designer Carla Zampatti and Packer-family matriarch Ros Packer were among donors and contemporary dance enthusiasts who ended up on Wednesday for the opening of Sydney Dance Company’s environmentally-focused efficiency, Impermanence. Artistic director Rafael Bonachela appeared relieved as he attended to the audience ahead of the event. After all, it was this time last year that the pandemic triggered Bonachela to shelve Impermanence– scored by Bryce Dessner of the US Grammy acclaimed band The National— simply 4 days ahead of opening night. But the break in shows proved to be a benefit for Bonachela who expanded the work into a rousing, full-length performance checking out the impact of bushfires, the Notre Dame blaze and environmental unpredictability. Energizing stuff.Arts Minister Don Harwin attended the performance which was followed by a donors just event inside the company’s head office. Macquarie employer Shemara Wikramanayake and her other half lender Ed Gilmartin attended, as did architect Penelope Seidler , previous DeutscheBank manager Buddy Darvall, arts client Paris Neilson, and Gresham director Tony Berg and partner Carol Berg. COLD SHOULDER It’s well known that government relations professional David Gazzard is one of Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s closest mates. However the guy charged with dealing with Facebook’s relationship with the federal government had the tough basket job this week in Canberra as the tech giant took kamikaze action in a regulatory fight over paid media by punting all news links– oh, and more than a handful of charity, weather condition and important health info pages– from its site.Despite being identified strolling the halls of Parliament this week, Facebook gave the government nearly no notice about the modification. No marvel HealthMinister Greg Hunt and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg went nitro hitting out at the social network on Wednesday.
The PM, for his part, blasted the tech giant’s”bullying”.”We merely won’t be intimidated, “he stated. Which could make knock-off beverages with his mate Gazz today a bit awks.Also in Canberra? 7’s government affairs boss Clare Gill w as seen loitering in Aussie’s Cafe ahead of Senate inquiry into media variety on Friday. On Wednesday night, Tabcorp’s ebullient media and federal government affairs boss Tom Callachor was seen at a Nationals fundraising event held at the swish Ottoman restaurant in Barton. The upmarket Turkish eatery was a break from the time-honoured Nats custom of meat and 3 veg at the National Press Club. Absolutely no one was complaining.Samantha is a CBD writer for The Age and The Sydney Early Morning Herald. She just recently covered Victorian and NSW politics and service for News Corp, and formerly worked for the Australian Financial Review.Stephen Brook is a CBD columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.
He is a previous features editor and media editor at The Australian, where he composed the Media Diary column and spent six years in London working
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