A long term Liberal Minister has claimed the Liberals have jettisoned the elites from the party and they are back in touch with the people.
Angus Barrington-Smyth IV, a 15 year veteran of parliament, claimed a brief flirtation with the big end of town is over and the Liberals have realigned with their base.
The former lawyer, Macquarie Bank executive, property developer, Executive Director of the IPA and former partner of Gina Rinehart’s daughter, says after Donald Trump’s election the elites who tried to takeover are on notice.
“People are sick of being dictated to by the elites and the establishment, we’ve always believed that and we’re hearing that from our traditional working class base loud and clear.” Mr Barrington-Smyth said.
“I’ve long argued the only true capital is people capital, we have to protect people from the elites and make Australia great again.”
Mr Barrington-Smyth, who voted for the recent Chinese, Japanese and Korean trade deals along with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and against scrutiny of those deals, now claims he misheard what was being voted on at the time.
“The elites play a lot of tricks in Canberra and I’m not a Canberra man myself, my only legal experience was defending James Hardie against mesothelioma victims, so I’m not always wise to these legislative games.” Mr Barrington-Smyth said
“It was like when we voted not to offer assistance to the car industry, I thought we were voting on new cars for members of parliament, which of course I’m against.”
“I was always known as a blue collar man at Macquarie and even when a leveraged buyout went wrong and I had to sack a few thousand people, I’d open a bottle of 1951 Grange to drink a silent tribute to them.”
However, up and coming Labor star Phineas Kingston hit out at suggestions the Liberal party were in touch with the people and it was Labor that owned that title.
The Arts-Law graduate, former Hawker Britton employee and long time Labor staffer, who was bidding on his tenth investment property in Surry Hills at the time of speaking, claimed Labor was the party of the people.
“You look at our slogan, ‘We’ll put people first’, that’s authentic, it took us ten focus groups to ensure we had the right four words in the right order so the people knew we were about the people.” Mr Kingston said.
“The Liberals, they haven’t done anything yet, we’ve gone hard on 457’s so hopefully that will signal we’re serious about this whole thing.”
Mr Kingston, who also voted for the recent Chinese, Japanese and Korean trade deals along with the Trans-Pacific Partnership and against scrutiny of those deals, claimed he’d had good advice that the deals were good for Australians.
“Bob Carr at the Australia China Relations Institute is my mentor and we’ve discussed the issues and he’s a great Australian and a man of the people, he’s advised me these deals put us on the right track.” Mr Kingston said.
“The other thing that’s important to the Australian people is the South-China Sea and the US not being seen to intervene in the Pacific with a military build up.”
“I also talk to a lot of interpreters at these auctions and they’re all telling me backing China in the South-China Sea is of paramount importance out in the community.”