Treasurer Jim Chalmers said he wanted to ‘revitalise and renew and refocus’ the commission with Barrett’s appointment, recognising that ‘productivity has evolved’.
Labor has a long history of factions. What is distinctive about them now is how professionally they operate, as two powerful machines of control in an alliance of mutual convenience
He says factional dominance causes unnecessary division, with the risk of forcing new recruits to the party into an “uncomfortable choice”
In this podcast, @michellegrattan canvasses the budget with Treasurer @JEChalmers, Shadow Treasurer @AngusTaylorMP and The Conversation's politics + society editor @amandadunn10
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