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Grattan on Friday: Scott Morrison finds strong women can be tough players

By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra
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Scott Morrison is inclined to underestimate tough women.

He’s done this in the past, to his detriment. In 2006, when he was managing director of Tourism Australia, Morrison was sacked after falling out with the board and federal Liberal tourism minister, Fran Bailey.

Years later, in 2018, the Australian Financial Review quoted Tim Fischer, who’d chaired Tourism Australia at the time, saying “a lot of us could see it coming as relations between Scott and Fran Bailey had deteriorated over a range of issues. But Scott didn’t seem to see it.”

Morrison was close to…

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