What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
Except that as Outsider woke from his Chirstmas/New Year reverie he noticed that a bit of a political stink had developed over the name Wilson.
You see there is Tim Wilson, the chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics and then there is Geoff Wilson who is chairman and chief investment officer, of Wilson Asset Management and a vociferous critic of the Australian Labor Party’s policy proposal to remove franking credits.
A peculiar odour has been perceived because Tim Wilson’s committee is, quite unusually, reviewing the policy of a party that is not even in Government and he is alleged to have had communication on that issue with Geoff Wilson to whom he is related and in whose company he has held an investment.
So, what’s in a name? Quite a bit when the proposed removal of franking credits will undoubtedly be a major election issue but questions are already being asked about the Government’s tactics.