Patronage

Please tell me, what is the difference, except in dollar terms, between the patronage exercised by Alan Jones and Eddie Obeid. They both use position and power to gain what they want from supine politicians and Premiers. – “Jones bowls O’Farrell a googly to save job of sacked SCG chief” News Sydney Morning Herald 16 August.
Is this how the Premier, elected as a “clean skin”, uses his position? Does his Treasurer – another “clean skin” also use/misuse his powers? “Baird attacked over Board appointments” News SMH 16 Aug.
Methinks the more things change the more they stay the same.

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