Labor man takes a punt
DANIEL ANDREWS’ former right-hand man CHRIS
REILLY is another ex-Labor staffer to have rolled the dice in a new job at Crown casino.
Not only is it a new job for Reilly only five weeks out from the state election, but it’s also a new job for the casino.
It’s understood the position does not involve government relations or lobbying, which many people might have thought was odds-on for someone with Reilly’s connections. Instead, it’s understood the once key Labor strategist will be concerned with “tourism and policy”.
The former media director and key confidante had emerged as “the fixer” in the government’s fraught relations with United Firefighters Union secretary PETER MARSHALL.
The on-again, odd-again relationship between Andrews and Marshall followed allegations of a secret deal over firefighter support at the last election. When Reilly suddenly left Andrews’ side at the end of June it raised eyebrows given his role, but it was explained at the time he was leaving for family reasons.
But with Marshall back in the headlines and scrutiny higher than ever so close to the election, Reilly might feel he is in a lucky place far away from Spring St.
Former Labor heavyweights who have also found themselves accommodated at Crown include one-time ALP national secretary
KARL BITAR, who found himself in a plum gig in government relations after leaving the party. JULIA GILLARD’s former sports
minister MARK ARBIB became a senior executive with JAMES
PACKER’s Consolidated Press Holdings. Former Crown heavyweight GARY O’NEILL went from KIM BEAZLEY’s adviser to Crown spokesman way back in the ’90s. Let the cards fall where they may.