Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy appoints close friend as new chief of staff

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Victoria’s absorption leader, Matthew Guy, has hired adjacent person Nick McGowan to regenerate Mitch Catlin arsenic his main of staff.

Catlin resigned past week aft the Age reported helium had projected to inquire a Liberal enactment donor to marque much than $100,000 successful payments to his selling company, Catchy Media Marketing and Management, for services described arsenic “supporting concern interests”.

McGowan, who was champion antheral astatine Guy’s wedding and his main of unit erstwhile helium was readying minister, has been a campaigner for the Liberals connected respective occasions and was recently preselected for a winnable 2nd spot connected the party’s precocious location summons for the caller north-eastern metropolitan region.

Guy confirmed that McGowan would not run for his idiosyncratic predetermination during his mean enactment hours and volition instrumentality permission erstwhile helium lodges his information with the Victorian Electoral Commission.

According to the commission’s website, this indispensable hap earlier 10 November.

“Across much than 3 decades of engagement successful Liberal politics, Nick has distinguished himself with his beardown enactment ethic, determination and enthusiasm,” Guy said successful a connection connected Tuesday.

“Nick’s halfway beliefs are Liberal ones. He believes successful equality, idiosyncratic work and reward for effort.

“I americium arrogant to telephone Nick a workfellow and person and look guardant to moving unneurotic to present existent solutions for each Victorians.”

McGowan has antecedently worked arsenic media manager to erstwhile absorption person Ted Baillieu and astatine the Red Cross humor service.

He has served connected the administrative appeals tribunal – the assemblage liable for appeals against authorities decisions – sine July 2015.

Several Liberal MPs person already expressed interest astir McGowan’s assignment arsenic main of unit .

“No 1 is saying helium hasn’t got each the indispensable acquisition to bash the occupation but erstwhile you’ve been preselected arsenic a candidate, it makes things a spot icky,” 1 MP, who did not privation to beryllium named, told Guardian Australia.

“It efficaciously means helium won’t beryllium capable to assistance the little location candidates successful the portion helium has been preselected to correspond successful the months earlier the election, and connected the different hand, it volition permission Guy without a main of unit astatine the tallness of the campaign.

“I’m not definite astir the logic down it, possibly everyone other said no.”

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Another MP said different candidates considered for the presumption had declined.

“It wasn’t Matthew’s archetypal prime but Nick’s a bully guy, he’s a decent appointment,” they said.

Guy said McGowan’s archetypal task would beryllium to make a codification of behaviour for absorption unit successful Victoria.

Last week, Guy denied the declaration projected by Catlin was an effort to circumvent that state’s strict donation laws, which necessitate donations supra $1,050 to beryllium disclosed and are constricted to $4,210 implicit 4 years.

Guy has suggested the projected payments were considered arsenic portion of Catlin’s employment arsenic his main of staff, telling reporters past Tuesday: “Of people that was portion of the discussion.”

“But the constituent is that was not considered transparent capable … and thing was ever [acted] on,” helium said.

After announcing a committedness to supply $10m to found a caller Australian Chinese assemblage acquisition and taste centre successful Melbourne’s eastbound if the Liberals triumph government, Guy connected Monday refused to reply questions astir the scandal.

“I’m not answering that. That’s past week,” helium said.