We keep hearing that someone named Kerry Schott is the architect of Malcolm Turnbull’s energy policy (aka. “National Energy Guarantee”), but who is this person? What is her background? What is her area of expertise? A little research reveals the disturbing truth.
Kerry Schott is a veteran oligarch of the Australian bureaucracy who has had an unusually eclectic series of appointments and employments over her lifetime.
She was born in 1944 and grew up in the town of Berrima, about 50km west of Wollongong. She initially trained as a teacher, and practiced teaching in NSW schools for a few years in the mid-1960s, whilst completing a Bachelor of Arts at the University of New England by correspondence. In the late 1960s she left teaching for a job at the Reserve Bank. She soon left for Canada, where she completed a Masters of Arts at the University of British Columbia. She then travelled to England and attained a doctorate at Nuffield College, Oxford.
She returned to Australia to work as an economist in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the leftist Whitlam Labor Government (1972-75). The Whitlam Government was so horrendous that the 1975 federal election saw the biggest landslide in Australian history. Schott returned to England where she worked as an economics lecturer at the University of Southampton and the University of London. In 1979 she became co-editor of a new journal called Feminist Review.
Here are the titles of some of the articles published during Schott’s time as co-editor:
- ‘Socialism and Feminism: Women and the Cuban Revolution’ [No.3, 1979, pg. 99]
- ‘Queen Elizabeth I and the Persistence of Patriarchy’ [No.4, 1980, pg. 45]
- ‘Feminist Sexual Politics’ [No.5, 1980, pg.1]
In one 1980 issue on which she was co-editor, there was a cartoon viciously mocking Christianity. The cartoon showed a seemingly pregnant bishop and a female god pointing her hand from the clouds explaining how he could perform a home abortion on himself using alcohol and a knitting needle. This can’t be put down to youthful indiscretion because in early 1980, when the issue was published, Schott would have been 36 years old.
In 1982 her review of the book Markets and Minorities, authored by the well-known black American free-market economist Thomas Sowell, was published in the Times Literary Supplement [26th March 1982, pg. 358]. Needless to say, it was a negative review.
Schott continued her involvement with the Feminist Review. In the Spring 1983 issue [No.13] she contributed a book review. The subject of the review was the book A Theory of Inequality and Taxation by Patricia Apps (now a professor at The University of Sydney). The review endorses the book’s thesis, with Schott writing:
“…it is a relevant and important book for feminists, and indeed anyone else interested in getting a more equitable society…I hope this study has the big impact it deserves on economic policy and ideology in this area.”
What is that thesis? That feminist goals can and should be achieved via government enacting economic policies to discourage the formation of the traditional family unit (i.e. mother, father, and children in a single household). As Schott explains:
“…the nuclear family tends to do more trade with business firms than a more efficient and mythical household would do, and this helps to maintain the social institutional status quo…Attempting to get equity by simply taxing the rich more, means in the Apps world, that the rich will simply pass the tax burden onto poorer workers who are frequently women…Thus the usual policies to increase equity will not work. What is required are policies that change institutional behaviour…the encouragement of ‘household’ formations that are more efficient and possibly larger in terms of the numbers of adults might be encouraged.”
Schott was also a co-editor of the Socialist Economic Review 1983 . There were articles on topics like patriarchy, class struggle, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement, and there is even an article attacking Margaret Thatcher authored by the late Sam Aaronovitch, who was a prominent member of the Communist Party of Great Britain.
When the Hawke-led Labor Party were victorious at the 1983 federal election, Schott again returned to Australia to work in the Department of Employment and Industrial Relations as Assistant Secretary and as an economic consultant for Labor’s Bill Hayden.
In 1984, Schott was a contributor to a book titled Order and Conflict in Contemporary Capitalism. A review of that book in The Economic Journal [Vol.95, No.380] said the following:
“In contrast to the prevailing orthodoxy within economics…the contributors to this book see capitalism as inherently unstable due to the underlying conflicts within capitalist society.”
In the late 1980s Schott moved from Canberra to Sydney and started working at a Labor Party-aligned investment bank run by Nicholas Whitlam (son of Gough), Neville Wran (former NSW Labor Premier) and Turnbull. She remained in investment banking until 2003, working for Banker’s Trust, Deutsche Bank, and Caliburn Capital Partners. During her investment banking period she was also appointed to numerous boards by the NSW state government, including the University of New England, MetSouth Energy, NSW Film and Television Office, and the Environment Protection Authority.
Schott has been an Executive Committee Member of a Labor Party foundation dedicated to the memory of former federal Labor leader Herbert ‘Doc’ Evatt. Evatt was a communist-sympathiser who helped draft the infamous Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which enunciates a long series rights enjoyed by all people around the world, but then, at the very end [Article 29], says people can’t exercise these rights if they do so in a way that is contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations. The declaration is based on the communist conception of rights, which is that they are given by the state (i.e. the political elites), and the state has the right to take them away as it pleases. The declaration completely rejects inalienable, God-given rights.
Schott was also a longtime board member of the Whitlam Institute, which describes itself in the following way:
“The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University is a dynamic public policy institute that commemorates and is inspired by the life and work of one of Australia’s most respected Prime Ministers, the Hon Gough Whitlam AC QC. “
In 2003 she was appointed deputy secretary of the NSW Treasury and, in 2006, was appointed head of Sydney Water where she promoted global warming ideology, pushed for expensive white elephant desalination plants, and advocated drinking recycled sewage water.
*Note: I’ve got further information to add to this article, especially an explanation of why leftists, like Schott and Turnbull, get involved in the banking and corporate sectors, and why they support privatisation and “market mechanisms” despite the seeming contradiction with their left-wing ideology. Put simply, they are pursuing the same end goal but via a cunning new method. Stay tuned for further explanation.
**Update [10th August]: I have decided to expand the further information I had for this article into a whole new article on the subject of the left’s infiltration of capitalism (eg. via banking, privatisation etc).
It should be ready in a few days.
**Update [16th August]: The article is being delayed because i’m awaiting delivery of a book I need to finish it off. The book should be here soon.
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