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Nice work if you can get it. The West Australian’s former political editor and now lobbyist Robert Taylor has been contracted by the Barnett government to help spin WA’s next budget. Pressured to release details of the contract in Parliament on Monday, it was confirmed Taylor will be paid over $100,000 for the period December 2013 to May 15, 2014. That's just shy of $5000 a week. As top-notch WA political blog The Good Oil notes, questions are being asked not just about the amount, but about the appointment process -- Taylor's was the only submission (read the tender here).