This is extraordinary...now we know (at least have been told by Turnbull) that he wasn't totally clueless and at least knew about the rumours about Barnaby.
Turnbull won't say whether Barnaby lied to him or whether Turnbull avoided finding out "too much" as he did with Cash's leaks to the press, or whether Barnaby just told him to mind his own business . I have a mate who wishes he had had bosses that were as non intrusive as Malcolm.
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/ ... 4z0so.html
Just in case people are getting the idea that the Public Service operates like this mess we are seeing in Canberra, as seems to be the suggestion of some of the commentators who are praising Malcolm for bringing the public sector into line with the much revered private sector. I have a mate who was quite senior in the public service who did precisely what Barnaby did minus the baby and the straight out corruption by way of free rent (ie the promotions, the payrises, the travel etc) and when they found out about the secret relationship they stood him down straight away without pay and then sacked him after following due process. There was no "it's a personal matter", "we need to consider the impact on his wife and children", "there are extenuating circumstances", "He is a high performer and has been for years", ". He got his notice of suspension and his charge sheet with a date to reply by. Full stop. My point is there are already clear rules in the public service. There are procedures. There are penalties. Malcolm is pretending he is cleaning it up. He has done nothing to address the basic problem. He like all Liberal PMs in Coalition have no authority over the Deputy PM. It belongs to the Leader of the Nats. That position is filled by a vote of the parliamentary Nats. Full stop. I would pay attention to Turnbull if he said the Coalition Agreement was being changed immediately and forevermore, so that the PM could dismiss the Deputy PM.
As for the "gift" of free rent. We have a procedure that basically means refuse the gift unless it is going to get unpleasant. If you absolutely have to take the gift (often just a box of chocolates from a grateful client) you have to fill in a mess of forms and the Area manager has to approve what happens to them- usually they get shared around the office.
Happiness is .......a Telebass and 500W.