News in the Australian Financial Review (paywall) this afternoon: Brendan Nelson will move to London in January to become president of Boeing International and a member of the company’s leadership executive council. He will resign as Chair of the Australian War Memorial Council. Canberra Times story.
Guessing at the consequences of this:
- when someone else is elected to the Chair of Council by its members, will this person be seen as the latest chief bearer of the poison chalice (Stokes, Nelson, new person) of the cost blowout in the Memorial’s big build?
- will life be any easier for Memorial Director Anderson without a hands-on Chair?
- will the Council (if Dr Nelson goes) elect former Coalition Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, recently reappointed to the Council, as its new Chair.
26 September 2022 updated