Andrew Robb, the federal shadow minister for finance, was seen shopping for a new motor vehicle at the Lexus dealership in Brighton, Melbourne in his electorate late this fine Saturday afternoon, a roving member of the VEXNEWS Investigations Unit reported in just moments ago.
Robb and his good lady wife Maureen had their eyes on a big vehicle, our source reckoned the LS400, a full-sized luxury sedan considered the Lexus flagship that costs around $200,000 drive-away. (Thatâ€™s prior to the heavy negotiating Liberals have come to expect from the tough finance spokesman who hasnâ€™t met a government programme or a Joe Hockey he didnâ€™t like)
He appeared most uninterested in the hybrid enviro-friendly model, our source suggests.
The shadow minister had a big week after nearly getting the pro-Abbott forces in the Liberal party room to muscle up and roll deputy leader Julie Bishop after another lacklustre election campaign performance by her (with a highlight being self-parody on Chaser where she managed to slightly outwit a garden gnome). They squibbed it in the end partly out of a desire by the Leader to keep everyone happy in a pre-Christmas ram-raid against the government which they hope is vulnerable on many fronts not least of which is its wafer-thin majority.
Many believe that it is Robb rather than current incumbent Joe Hockey or the occasionally talked about Malcolm Turnbull who will end up being the next federal Liberal Treasurer.