I’ve always disliked Arthur Sinodinos, if only because he was the close advisor to the Australian politician I detest the most, the awful John Howard.
Sinodinos got into parliament at the last election by being given a Senate spot on the Liberal ticket. He was seen as a likely star performer for the government’s first term and was immediately appointed Assistant Treasurer. He had to stand down from that position recently, when it was revealed that he had a severe conflict of interest during his time as deputy and Chairman of Australian Water Holdings (AWH). He was involved in a deal in which he stood to personally profit by a cool $20 million.
This week, he had to front ICAC (the Independent Commission against Corruption.) where, conveniently, his memory deserted him, and he could not answer most of the Commission’s questions. He seems to remember very little of his time at AWH – though he was paid an annual salary of $200,000 for 45 hours work per year.
Ode to Arthur Sinodinos
Oh Arthur, Arthur, Arthur Sinodinos
So fucking smart, but still an ignoramus
Snout in the trough, you really are mendacious
Like little Johnny Howard, cunning and quite shameless
Scared to tell the truth and die like Coriolanus
Didn’t see nothing, your head was up your anus
When ICAC asks you questions, you answer them with silence
Or blame it on your sister, Martha Sinodinos
Money from the purse, your appetite’s voracious
You could have had it all, and an office of the highest
Now you’re half the man you were, you’re half-a-Sinodinos
© Mike Hopkins 2014