Bill Shorten’s astonishing failure to win government on Saturday night means that a swag of reporters in the Canberra press gallery have overnight had to shelve well-formed plans to become political spin doctors.
Diary has learned that several rounds-people from print, online and TV were all set to be reborn as press secretaries to freshly minted Labor ministers and leaders in the coming days. …
[This] made for some cosy relationships during the campaign between some of the Labor ministers-in-waiting and journalists lined up to join the ranks of their staff, post-election.
Those plans are now up in smoke, along with the journalists’ hopes of working for a Labor government minister.
Press secretaries to senior ministers earn a $200,000-plus starting salary, with an extra 15 per cent superannuation from the generous parliamentary super scheme. That would have been a big step-up on what the spinners for ex-shadow ministers were paid: $100k-120k a year, plus super.
We may now never know the list of journalists who had planned to cross to the other side for Labor.
Whoever they are, they are likely to have today been writing stories about a Coalition election victory.