Government by cronyism

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 24 2018 - 11:11am, first published May 13 2016 - 11:24am

The air of patronage and cronyism that has swirled about the Barr government in recent months took on a brisk new edge this week. The ABC News site posted a video of Andrew Barr delivering a "testimonial" for Dexar Group, a private company which trades in the ACT as the Independent Property Group. In his opening remarks, the chief minister described the video as testimonial. The words used ("most awarded real estate agency in Australia … provides a range of very important services … achieved excellent results for the ACT government") were redolent more of puffery than support, however.