Insider Cameron Milner makes WILD claim about tensions between Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers after Stage 3 tax cut broken promise – and says their ‘relationship is shredded’
A Labor insider has made the extraordinary claim that the relationship between Premier Anthony Albanese and Treasurer Jim Chalmers is ‘shattered’ after the government broke its Phase Three tax cut election promise.
In a column for The Australian newspaper, lobbyist Cameron Milner – who was once Bill Shorten’s chief of staff – claimed that the Prime Minister and his most senior cabinet minister’s relationship ‘used to be strained, but apparently they are no longer on speaking terms’.
Dr Chalmers is widely understood to have been a long-standing internal critic of the Albanian government’s original plan to retain the Morrison government’s Phase Three tax relief programme.
The program would have benefited high income earners – until the government abandoned it this week in favor of bigger tax cuts for lower and middle income earners.
Dr Chalmers was in the crowd when Mr Albanese announced the government’s new tax policy at the National Press Club last week.
A Labor insider claims there is tension between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his treasurer Jim Chalmers (together, above)
Cameron Milner – once Bill Shorten’s chief of staff, and now a lobbyist and columnist – outlined a relationship that was ‘by all accounts shredded after last week’. Mr Milner is on the left
According to Mr. Milnernow the director of lobbying firm GXO Strategies, Dr Chalmers told colleagues of the decision to break the pledge: ‘Tails I win, heads he loses.’
Mr Milner wrote: ‘Albanese’s relationship with his treasurer has in every way been shredded since last week.
“It was tense before, but apparently they’re just not talking anymore.”
Mr Milner went on to heap praise on Dr Chalmers – calling him ‘the intellectual future of Labour’ and the PM ‘must stop holding him back’ from pursuing tax reform.
“Chalmers is ambitious to be prime minister, but also ambitious for Labour.”
Chris O’Keefe, host of 2GB Drive, also added weight to the claims that the relationship between the Prime Minister and Treasurer was strained on Wednesday afternoon.
But the radio host stopped short, saying their relationship was so strained they couldn’t talk to each other.
“I don’t know if they don’t talk anymore, but I can tell you for a fact, the relationship between Anthony Albanese and Jim Chalmers, his treasurer, is strained,” he said.
‘It’s not necessarily unusual for prime ministers and treasurers, just think of Keating and Hawke, Costello and Howard, Morrison and Turnbull.
‘But don’t they talk? If they don’t speak at all, it takes tense to a whole new level. That would surprise me.’
2GB Drive host Chris O’Keefe also added weight to the allegations on Wednesday afternoon, but stopped short of suggesting the duo (pictured) had stopped talking
This past week, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton tried to reignite Labor leadership speculation in the wake of Mr. Albanian’s broken promise.
In the past week, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has sought to reignite Labor leadership speculation in a bid to weaken Mr Albanese.
In an interview with Ray Hadley before the phase three cut changes were confirmed, Mr Dutton said: ‘If the prime minister abandoned phase three tax cuts, his leadership is dead, buried, cremated.
‘Let me tell you I believe it to be the truth.
“I do think Chalmers and (former leadership rival) Bill Shorten and others are rubbing their hands together at the moment thinking that the prime minister has finally destroyed credibility with the Australian public and the Australian public will not accept a liar as a prime minister does not support .’
And then on Monday he doubled down on his assessment of Mr. Shorten’s ambitions.
Mr Dutton claimed the former Labor leader and Prime Minister hopeful was “biting the bullet” to get another shot at the top job.
“I can tell you, his aspiration in life is not to be a cabinet minister in the Albanian government – let’s be very honest about that,” he said.
Mr. Milner was Mr. Shorten’s ‘right-hand man’ when he was opposition leader in 2016 and lost the federal election to Malcolm Turnbull.
The chief of staff left the lobbyist to spend more time with his family and return to the private sector. He has since been critical of Mr Albanese in the top job.
It is not suggested that the arguments presented by Mr. Milner made in his column, related to mr. Shorten does not, and the two have not worked together for some time.
Mr Milner previously served as the State Secretary of the Queensland Labor Party.
He is largely credited with helping deliver two landslide victories for state Labor under Peter Beattie in 2001 and 2004.
“He’s very good, he’s very smart strategically. He works hard and he is good with policy. He has all the qualities and will be a great asset to Bill Shorten,’ Mr Beattie said at the time.
At that time Mr. Shorten said that Mr. Milner is absolutely ‘committed to delivering a shortened Labor government’.
USA Online Post Australia has contacted Dr Chalmers, Mr Albanese, Mr Shorten and Mr Milner for comment.
The Prime Minister has undoubtedly broken a promise. He hopes voters won’t mind when they realize they’re getting more cash back under the new policy