By Janine Perrett

I’m on millionaire watch today, as there’s been so much happening in the super rich class lately.

So on the day that the PM's not so secret tax dealings were being aired in the House of Reps, the Senate passed a controversial bill protecting Australia's wealthiest families from having to reveal any of their tax details.

That has to be the definition of irony doesn’t it?

Travesty is a better word for the ludicrous, but ultimately successful, legislation, which protected some 700 of our wealthiest private companies from scrutiny because of such spurious reasons as they might be subject to kidnapping. 


And don't get me started on how this got pushed through with Labor members who were opposing it not present, and the cross benchers missing too. Senator Nick Xenophon was reportedly to speak on the Bill, but was apparently out doing a press conference.

Meanwhile poor Malcolm, figuratively not literally obviously, was continuing to see his private tax affairs the subject of silly political point scoring by an obviously bankrupt, figuratively not literally, Labor party.

I know our new PM says he didn’t plan to take the top job off Tony but I think he might have been preparing for this for some months, years, maybe his whole life, but certainly long enough to make sure his numerous private tax affairs were in order.

Legislation or not, he knew they would be subject to scrutiny though nowhere near the scrutiny applied in the US, where those running for president have to present to the public all their recent tax returns.

That would be the US where a mad billionaire is running for office and proving unfathomably popular with the general populace, not the rich.

Labor might want to wonder about the Donald Trump effect next time they have a go at Malcolm for being successful.

Speaking of appalling billionaires, what about Clive Palmer. Well he's not a billionaire of course, never was, even when he was boasting about his wealth, but my hasn't the gloss come off now.

His private financial affairs are of special interest amid stories his Queensland nickel company tapped the Labor state government there for a multi-million dollar loan.

Not that they are in financial difficulty, Clive assured us, before having a tantrum and declaring his financial interests are now off limits.

Presumably he would have welcomed yesterday's Senate vote.