Wide-ranging changes introduced by Tony Abbott, such as the potential deregulation of universities, were the result of a broken political system where considered and experienced policy wonks were overlooked, Textor argued.I'm guessing he must be grinding his teeth about James Paterson's grab of the top Victorian Senate seat then.
“During the time of great estrangement during the Abbott years, the reality is people who are close to the machine like myself thought that many of the reforms ... we were getting were completely out of step,” he said. “Don’t assume the government’s agenda and the political agenda are the same because governments aren’t political parties and their agendas are quite different.”
Instead, “21-year-old pimply theorists from the IPA [Institute of Public Affairs] and the Australia Institute” with little real-world experience have been running the show, Textor said.
Friday, March 11, 2016
Textor makes some enemies
Liberal strategist Mark Textor seems to have no love for the IPA, so he goes up a notch in credibility: