Austin’s Power: Royce Millar launches campaign to secure government appointment for family #springst
The Age’s Royce Millar has today launched an unexpected bid for Victorian government contracts on behalf of family members.
Sources close to the veteran reporter have confirmed to Irredeemable that Millar’s front-page story this morning was “conscious, strategic ingratiation aimed at uncorking largesse.”
“Royce has seen in recent days what rivers of gold can flow from well-targeted sycophancy,” the source told me, referring to the recent appointment of Josephine Cafagna as Premier Baillieu’s chief spin-doctor. Cafagna is married to Age state politics editor, Paul Austin, who, according to one campaign insider, “covered the Liberal leader as if Baillieu was Justin Bieber and he were an 11 year old girl.”
“Royce doesn’t see why his wife and family shouldn’t share in the bounty,” a close friend of both Austin and Millar revealed, on the condition of anonymity:
The big jobs will dry up in no time, so Royce wanted to make his play sooner rather than later.
Millar’s wife has apparently expressed interest in a range of chief-of-staff appointments, while his teenage nephew is regarded as strong candidate for Deputy Police Commissioner.