Penfolds wine dinner a stain on Mark McGowan’s ability to be accountable
The WA Premier’s response to attending a private dinner at the Peppermint Grove home of major property developer Nigel Satterley, where guests drank bottles Penfolds Grange worth more than $1000, has angered 6PR Mornings listeners as well as WA Greens MLC Brad Pettitt.
Mark McGowan told reporters political leaders often attend events hosted by prominent people and he could not “help what wine is served when I go out for dinner”.
6PR Mornings host Liam Bartlett said McGowan must realise that when it came to “his buy, obviously when you’re Premier, shouting your round is a bit different”.
“And when it comes to premium Penfolds wine, at $1000 a bottle, it’s a different proposition entirely, isn’t it?”
“In the world of business and commerce, favours are very easy to pay back, you can return the hospitality quite easily.
“But when you’re the Premier, how do you return the favour – do you do it through access, through policy settings or do you just ignore it and move on to the next dinner?”
Mr Pettitt says the Premier’s private dinners with property developers don’t pass the pub test, especially after Labor promised political donation reform at the 2017 election.
“The State needs to actually rapidly step up the way it deals with donations and transparency and unfortunately we haven’t seen any action on this in the last five years,” he told Bartlett.
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