May 6, 2016

It’s a pre-election clearance sale: all roles must be filled

The government has filled an astonishing number of posts in its last day before caretaker mode kicks in. And of course, there are some jobs for the boys. Josh Taylor and Sally Whyte report.

In the flurry before the election was called on Sunday and the government entered caretaker mode, ministers rushed to make appointments to government positions. Many are worthy appointments, or re-appointments, and there were also several jobs for the boys/girls.


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7 thoughts on “It’s a pre-election clearance sale: all roles must be filled

  1. Pete Sasa

    Well the list looks pretty qualified to me! So what you guys have done is set aside good quality journalism by which you’d find people who aren’t qualified and instead you have tarnished the names of people who have both successful careers as well as the courage to contribute to public life. Great one guys. That’s a wonderful way to encourage others to put their hands up for politics–do so and you’ll get smeared by journalists.

    1. CML

      What a ridiculous load of twaddle! Pete…if you don’t understand what the article is about, then STFU!!
      IMHO all these ‘positions’ should have been advertised, applications sought and the usual process of appointments made by independent persons totally unconnected with ANY parliamentarian.
      Why do we citizens of this country allow our so=called representatives to ‘buy’ influential positions for fellow travellers with OUR money?
      The whole set-up smacks of corruption…the laws should be changed to stop any such behaviour in the future.

        1. Des Delaney

          Can’t follow the acronyms but Pete’s got a point. So five of the people listed above have Liberal connections, that means of the 72 appointments five are associated with Libs. Is that really such a big deal? And the point Pete was making is that they appear qualified. Judith Troeth is a former Senator (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Troeth), she would know about administrative law better than most, Dragovic according to his website (www.denisdragovic.com) has worked with refugees and has a doctorate so presumably would know about asylum cases, Bradon-Baker worked a senior policy officer with the Minister of Immigration…that’s about as far as I got. So to Pete’s point, they’re qualified and they have political association. What’s the big deal? Does anyone know whether they did or didn’t actually apply for the positions?

  2. joyjan

    This rush to fill public offices with your own people when many have remained vacant for too long suggests a chutzpah bordering on the maniacal by the Coalition to exploit their authority, planting their stooges in positions of influence and thereby entrench their ideology in the system no matter what the outcome of the election. The long held understanding between parties that you didn’t do that sort of thing so close to before or after an election was rudely tossed away under Howard. That man and his Treasurer have a lot to answer for.

  3. Tom Beem

    I am reminded of the Newman government in Queensland. Mindful of their likely demise they rushed to scramble as many eggs as possible before the election.

  4. Adam James

    At present politicians receive an overly generous superannuation and benefits, in essence a defined benefits scheme (starting at 65% of $185K [indexed] after only 8 years rising to 75% with additional years served, on top of that they get generous additional benefits based on the committee positions held just before retirement) and so they that are not exposed to the same market risks and low market returns that everybody else has to live with. With politicians enjoying an incredibley generous system makes it impossible for them to understand the anxieties faced by everyone else saving for retirement, whether those anxieties are due to wild market gyrations, low returns or the shifting sands of the rules governing superannuation and pensions.

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