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By Scott Emmerson

Most large companies or organisations will have to deal with a significant crisis at some stage. Whether it’s a sudden disaster, such as the tragedy at Dreamworld, or an emerging and evolving threat – the Hayne Royal Commission is a current example for the financial sector - they will usually engage two key consultants, lawyers and public relations/communications advisors.

Claims that the Government has instructed the SAS Group to meet with the Cross Bench Senators on the WorkPac v Skene decision are totally incorrect.

“Given the conclusion by the Australian Industry Group that the Skene decision involves “double dipping” that could lead to claims going back 6 years with a total cost of up to $8 billion, I took the view that it was critical that these meeting took place as a matter of urgency,” the SAS Group Principal Consultant, John Short said.

“The meetings with Crossbench Senators were therefore sought during the recent two-week Parliamentary break to allow sufficient time to explain this issue and how its impact would be felt across the whole economy, and especially for small and medium business. 

“At no stage was I acting on behalf of Government. The words contained in the emails to Cross Bench Senators were my own. It is therefore totally incorrect to claim that the SAS Group was acting at the Government’s instruction,” Mr Short said.

“I totally reject the claim that the Government directed the SAS Group to speak to Cross Bench Senators,” Mr Short concluded.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced his Ministry following his election as the new leader of the Liberal Party last Friday.

As foreshadowed in our earlier blog, Josh Frydenberg has been named the new Treasurer by PM Scott Morrison. 

Australia has its 30th Prime Minister in Scott Morrison, defeating Peter Dutton 45 votes to 40 after Julie Bishop was eliminated in the first ballot. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg was elected deputy Liberal leader.

Morrison leapfrogged Dutton in the final ballot after garnering the moderate vote that had backed Bishop.

But will the extraordinary and chaotic senses in Canberra over the past few days only herald more uncertainty in the coming weeks and months?

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