Did someone say “jobs for the boys”? Former minister for cities and the built environment Jamie Briggs has been appointed to a plum government role, which was announced (well, whispered) by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann with a post to the department’s website on Friday afternoon and no actual email to the media. Briggs will take home $56,150 a year as a non-executive director of the Moorebank Intermodal Company Board, with a three-year term. The MIC project covers developing a freight terminal in Sydney’s south-west, but has been identified by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) as an agency potentially up for audit. The ANAO website says: “An audit would focus on budgeting and cost control (including contingency management); performance in meeting the delivery schedule; and the selection and management of consultants and contractors.”

Briggs has also started his own consultancy company, as noted in Crikey‘s list of where MPs from the 44th Parliament have ended up after being booted out. Know more? Drop us a line.

Peter Fray

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