Re-elected for the 4th time, Michael Danby is not a Minister, and no longer Chairs the Government’s Migration Committee or Whips for the Government. He is Special Advisor to the Treasurer on Corporate Philanthropy and the Not For Profit Sector.
As a backbencher he is a little freer to express views. He is slated to takeover Parliament’s heavyweight Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade. On issues from China to the Middle East to the topic of where our diplomatic posts ought to be situated, his views will make an interesting juxtaposition with our legendary Foreign Minister.
Last term he disagreed with Arts Minister Peter Garrett, over the proposed closure of the highly successful Australian National Academy of Music. His paper ‘Logrolling the ALP’ contributed to the rethink by the Government of a plan for taxpayers to exclusively fund all political parties. The Greens political party and Fairfax liked the plan, but Danby figured the punters would rather spend $500 million on hospitals, schools or the defence forces.
He is very unpopular with the Malaysian Government as the initiator of a petition signed by 61 Australian MPs and Senators calling on them to drop the renewed charges against the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
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