In our work as journalists, we have the privilege of meeting and reporting on citizens who possess the power and agency to influence the future of Adelaide. We’ve collated an A-Z of power-brokers from our contact books, edited to a list of 20 that we believe will help shape the New Adelaide.
The Liberals’ pick for Upper House president seems to embody that Death Of A Salesman dictum: he’s liked, but not well-liked. That is, he has cultivated broad cross-factional backing, but appears to lack a dedicated support base. McLachlan has immaculate soft conservative pedigree – he went to St Peters College and is on the private school’s governing council, his pre-political career traversed law and financial services and he was decorated for his service as a Colonel in the army reserve. But in parliament since 2014, he quickly established his reputation as something of a maverick: outspoken on policy, and even crossing the floor to vote against Liberal-backed legislation. Understood to court influence from both moderate and conservative wings of the party, his prospects for future elevation could hinge on the right vacancy falling open, but scuttlebutt about a possible move to Canberra has also been doing the rounds. It could all depend on whether he’s liked enough by enough of his colleagues. (TR)