BCA dines with the PM

Down the escalator and into the Fullerton’s Hotel’s Ballroom they came — at 7.15pm sharp — Prime Minister Scott Morrison, his parliamentary lieutenant Ben Morton and the Business Council’s new president (nee MYOB) Tim Reed and his predecessor Grant King.

The corporate lobby’s annual bash on Wednesday night was the first since Mr Morrison enjoyed a surprise election win in May. A chance, perhaps, for a better speech than last year’s rambling performance.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the managing director of the BCA Grant King arrive at the organisation’s dinner.Credit:Wolter Peeters

As always, the BCA dinner drew a serious crowd — from the PM and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to Labor’s treasury spokesman Jim Chalmers, corporate heavy hitters, non-executive directors and long-departed pollies.

Former AMP chairwoman Catherine Brenner was back, as was prominent businessman and SCG trustee Tony Shepherd, deep in conversation with the ABC’s news director Gaven Morris.

We noted former MacBank executive Richard Sheppard, who now sits on the board of Star Entertainment and who had only hours earlier discovered plans for a major redevelopment of the company’s Sydney casino had fallen over.

Retiring PwC chief Luke Sayers was talking to the Treasurer, NDIS chairwoman Helen Nugent was in conversation with Government Services Minister Stuart Robert and David Gonski circulated the room, as did new Productivity Commission chair Michael Brennan.


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