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James Baillieu is an investor in Updater.com.

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Which MPs have the most spin doctors to massage the message

Jul 15, 2021

We’re sorry, this service is currently unavailable. Please try again later. Dismiss Normal text size Advertisement In any royal court, the number of courtiers who attend clearly signals power and success. Our federal government is no different, so is the latest list of media advisers. Scott Morrison. Credit:John Shakespeare Clearly, the number of press secretaries you have denotes importance. Prime Minister Scott Morrison now has six - which is more than CBD can ever remember any PM having. Josh Frydenberg now has four, which seems overkill given the energetic Treasurer’s hardest working press officer is actually himself. More puzzling is Communications Minister Paul Fletcher who has three media advisers. Why? He barely ever says anything. Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne - not a big talker, admittedly - has two media representatives for one of the biggest media beats in parliament, while in-demand Health Minister Greg Hunt has a team of three to help him push out the pandemic press. But then there’s Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister Ben Morton. Ever ambitious, it’s no surprise he’s got two press secretaries which is double that of the average assistant minister. Heck, it’s even one more than Defence Minister Peter Dutton. The former Home Affairs Minister used to have three media advisers, more than anyone bar the PM. But now he’s down to one - veteran staffer and former Tony Abbott consigliere Nicole Chant. Capable hands, sure. Then again, it doesn’t take much manpower to shoot down every request that lands in the mailbox. It’s worth noting that there was one blank spot on the media contact list. That of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Court Jester needs no assistance. HARD AT WORK And what does PM30 get for his six media advisers? An appearance on the country’s most powerful FM radio breakfast program, The Kyle and Jackie O Show. Advertisement During his audience with Kyle Sandilands and Jackie “O” Henderson, Morrison finally kicked into touch the rumour that he soiled himself at Engadine McDonald’s, in Sydney’s south, after his team the Cronulla Sharks lost the rugby league grand final in 1997. “It is the biggest urban myth ever, it is complete and utter rubbish,” Morrison said. “I found the whole thing incredibly amusing, I always joke about it ... it is absolute and total rubbish.” The exchange might have been humiliating, but the endorsement from Sandilands, the top rating Sydney breakfast host, was undoubtedly priceless. A HOME, DIVIDED How’s this for a family spat? One arm of Victoria’s well-heeled Baillieu family has just wrapped up a six-year legal squabble over the family home of the late gallerist and artist Marianne Baillieu. Born in Stockholm and educated in New Zealand, Baillieu became a celebrated contemporary artist who exhibited alongside luminaries including Jenny Holzer and Gareth Sansom. She passed away at 72 in 2012 and in her 1988 will, left her home in Melbourne’s waterfront Williamstown to her husband and children. Lawyer husband Ian - brother of one-time Victorian premier Ted Baillieu - was handed a 50 per cent stake, while their lawyer son James Baillieu and UK-based daughter Madeleine were each given a 25 per cent stake. Critically, Marianne stipulated that the bay-facing home should be sold within eighteen months of death. But that never happened. In 2015, Ian launched court action to gain full possession of his wife’s home. And considering it was the address he had shared with Marianne for decades, who could blame him? Those named as defendants in this legal broadside were his own son and daughter. But a breakdown of the legal costs spent by each of the parties outlined in court documents might indicate who was more invested in the fight. Ian spent $35,500 fighting to stay at Williamstown, while daughter Madeleine - who is married to a top UK-born Magic Circle firm lawyer Harry Upcott - spent $17,000 on legal fees. Son James - who is definitely no stranger to the courtroom - spent just $820. Presumably, he wasn’t interested in joining the fight. That’s a change. A decision handed down on July 13 shows that Ian eventually won out. He will now be able to stay put, so long as he pays Madeleine $1.165 million in exchange for her 25 per cent share. He has already shelled out $823,000 and owes $116,500 next month. Meanwhile, James - usually based on the Mornington Peninsula - appears to have transferred his stake to his dad, gratis. Maybe with families - and court action - sometimes enough is enough. BLOKES ONLY Tony Smith’s announcement that he would retire as an MP and the Morrison government’s long-serving speaker at the next election has sent the Liberal Party’s factional machines into overdrive. Smith held the seat for two decades, which is plenty of time for a long list of hopefuls to set their sights on it. Already, Liberal official David Lau, who is a former staffer to Senator Sarah Henderson, is regarded as a contender, as is Aaron Violi, a sales and partnerships manager who worked for Senator James Paterson. In true Liberal tradition, there’s a dearth of women in the mix - even if Sky News presenter and perennial preselection possibility Peta Credlin has been put forward as a starter by some wings. It’s worth noting that Credlin has repeatedly told CBD that she’s content at Sky. Presumably, that attitude hasn’t shifted with her plum new role as a political columnist at The Australian, which will see her going head-to-head with her former nemesis Niki Savva who has now signed on to The Age and the Herald. The Morning Edition newsletter is our guide to the day’s most important and interesting stories, analysis and insights. Sign up here . Save

James Baillieu Investments

1 Investments

James Baillieu has made 1 investments. Their latest investment was in Just Move In as part of their Angel on January 1, 2019.

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Company

Amount

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1/14/2019

Angel

Just Move In

$1.93M

Yes

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Date

1/14/2019

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Angel

Company

Just Move In

Amount

$1.93M

New?

Yes

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1

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