Because the Coalition escalates its marketing campaign in opposition to Labor’s dividend imputation coverage and Ms Downer mounts her second try and take Mayo, she has been sprung utilizing the long-time apparatchik in marketing campaign materials with out disclosing his wealthy social gathering pedigree.
Mr Bonner’s historical past with the Liberal Social gathering stretches again to his stint as a press secretary for prime minister Malcolm Fraser within the early 1980s. He went on to carry senior positions with the ABC earlier than returning to Liberal ranks, ultimately turning into South Australia state director of the social gathering from 1998 to 2001.
His different roles have included press secretary for South Australian premier Dean Brown and federal defence minister Ian McLachlan within the 1990s, media liaison for a number of federal Coalition election campaigns and, lately, as a staffer for Liberal cupboard minister Simon Birmingham.
Ms Downer, a lawyer and former diplomat, is looking for to take the Adelaide seat as soon as held by her father Alexander. It’s at present held by Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie, who beat again Ms Downer’s first problem at a byelection in July final yr.
Within the marketing campaign video posted on Fb, Mr Bonner is just an instance of what Ms Downer says are “1000’s of individuals in Mayo who can be affected by Invoice Shorten’s retiree tax”.
Approached for touch upon Saturday, Ms Downer stated: “Jim is a retiree and a long-term resident of the South Coast. Regardless of who you’re or what your political stripes, Labor’s retiree tax will slug round 900,000 Australians on common $2200 a yr in addition to 50,000 pensioners.”
Mr Bonner couldn’t be reached for remark in time for deadline.
If elected, Labor plans to finish money refunds that individuals with no taxable revenue obtain from the federal government for franking credit on shares. The refund was launched by the Howard authorities and eradicating it could enhance federal finances coffers by $5 billion a yr.
The Coalition has stepped up its assaults on the Labor proposal, warning it’s going to have an effect on self-funded retirees throughout the nation.
It was lately revealed that one foyer group, masquerading as a grassroots organisation campaigning in opposition to the coverage, is definitely a community lobbyists concerned with the Liberal Social gathering.
Liberal MP Tim Wilson has additionally confronted criticism following experiences he collaborated with a multibillion- greenback fund supervisor on a marketing campaign in opposition to Labor’s coverage, did not declare his investments in funds run by the agency to hearings of a parliamentary committee he chairs, and used the taxpayer-funded inquiry to assist spruik Liberal fundraisers.
Fergus Hunter is an training and communications reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.