/ 01 October 2021

They’ve got the power

Businesswoman powerful of shadow.
Businesswoman powerful of shadow.

A group of 4 premiers – NSW’s Gladys Berejiklian, Victoria’s Daniel Andrews, Queensland’s Annastacia Palaszczuk and Western Oz’s Mark McGowan – are Australia’s most powerful people, according to the Financial Review’s power list for 2021 (paywall). Edging out PM Scott Morrison (2) and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (3), the judges said “it is the states that have run interference against Canberra and micro-managed every aspect of our lives.” True dat… The state chief health officers (4) make their debut on the list. And former Liberal staffer Britany Higgins is another new face as “the woman who sparked a cultural reckoning, shocking Canberra and the country” with her account of sexual assault inside Parliament House. CommBank boss Matt Comyn (8) is the only person outside of politics to make the list as leader of the country’s biggest bank. When it comes to covert power, that list is topped by PM’s Department head Phil Gaetjens and Aussie of the year Grace Tame is the country’s biggest cultural mover and shaker for her advocacy for survivors of sexual abuse.

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