HE abdicated his role as leader of the Liberal’s left faction almost two years ago, but the state’s most prominent lobbyist Michael Photios is never far from the action. Fresh from helping secure the numbers for Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Photios wined and dined a host of federal and state ministers at Mr Wong’s on Monday night. Those at the dinner included Communications Minister Mitch Fifield, NSW ministers Matt Kean and Don Harwin, federal MPs Trent Zimmerman, Jason Falinski and Felicity Wilson, and state MPs Gareth Ward and Eleni Petinos (pictured left).
The dinner was one of several gatherings that followed a meet-up of around 200 moderates at the Bent Street Union Club earlier that night. Photios, stressing the gathering was a catch-up of old friends than a “moderates” or business event, noted the attendance at the dinner of Attorney-General Christian Porter “who supported Dutton”.