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Labor’s new employment program, only failed state Labor MPs and their minions need apply…

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Well they do call themselves the Labor party but you have to wonder why so many of their failed state leaders qualify for various government jobs:

An analysis of recent Commonwealth appointments reads like a who’s who of former high-profile Labor figures. The Opposition has accused the Gillard government of engaging in a “jobs for the boys” program.

Appointments include former Victorian premier John Brumby to the chair of the Council of Australian Governments Reform Council on December 7.

Former Queensland premier Anna Bligh was appointed to the board of Medibank Private three days earlier.

Her South Australian counterpart Mike Rann, was given the role of Australia’s High Commissioner to the UK on August 23. In November, ex-Queensland Treasurer Andrew Fraser was appointed to Australian Sports Commission board.

A month later, Mr Fraser also joined the board of the new Moorebank Intermodal Company. Former Queensland attorney-general Cameron Dick was appointed to the chair of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission on November 30. And ex-Victor- ian Deputy Premier John Thwaites was given the chair of the National Sustainability Council in October.

Mr Thwaites was also appointed chairman of the Australian Building Codes Board in the previous year.

Former WA premier Geoff Gallop was given a job on the International Education Advisory Council and appointed chairman of the Australia Awards Board. Former NSW Labor party president and Electrical Trades Union secretary, Bernie Riordan, has the role of commissioner of Fair Work Australia.

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Its nepotism at its very worst as far as I can see and something that I am sure Gillard would have hoped would remain under the people’s radar.  I can’t help seeing the ghost of Oscar Wilde’s  ‘The importance of being Earnest” here one or even two appointments of the State Labor Alumni would not raise eyebrows but so many in such a short time just screams  “jobs for the party faithful” and stands as in indictment of Labor nepotism.  Sadly its the sort of sleazy practice that we have come to expect from Gillard and her crew.

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22 Comments

  1. deknarf says:

    And the NO Coalition doesn’t engage in the same practice? I’d suggest it’s somewhat goose and gander on this one!

  2. Ray Dixon says:

    And Amanda Fatstone, Tim ‘Akubra’ Fischer, Jeff ‘K*nt’ Kennett, et al (the list is endless, actually) … they didn’t land cushy appointments post political life? Come off it, Iain. I don’t like it any more than you do but it’s par for the course and no indictment of Labor compared to the Liberals.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    You know what Guys I don’t have much time for such practices when either side does it but it does seem t o me that Labor are well in the running to be class leaders in this sort of employment service for ex Pollies

  4. Ray Dixon says:

    Somewhere, somehow, someone has probably attempted to tally it all up, Iain, just to see which side’s worse at handing out cushy jobs. If you could find that report then your opinion that Labor are worse might have some validity. Or it might prove the opposite.

  5. Brian says:

    it does seem t o me that Labor are well in the running to be class leaders in this sort of employment service for ex Pollies

    Of course it seems that way to you, Iain, because you walk around with anti-ALP goggles glued to your eyes.

    Robert Doyle, former Victorian Liberal leader, appointed director of Melbourne Health.

    Chum Durvall, Liberal executive council member and party donor, appointed as chairman of TransGrid in NSW.

    Brendan Nelson, former Liberal leader, appointed ambassador to NATO.

    Tim Fischer appointed ambassador to the Vatican.

    Amanda Vanstone, ambassador to Italy.

    Roger Massy Greene, Liberal NSW’s biggest donor, appointed to head Ausgrid.

    Christopher Pearson, John Howard’s speechwriter and head cheerleader, appointed to the SBS board.

    Robert Hill, former Liberal senator, appointed to head Australian Carbon Trust.

    To paraphrase the saying about wanking, they’re all doing it and you’re a liar if you say they’re not and a fool if you reckon only some of them are.

  6. Ray Dixon says:

    Brian’s got the list I referred to.

  7. Brian says:

    And that took me literally only five minutes of Googling. I’m sure it could easily be expanded further.

    Another that springs to mind is Alexander Downer’s daughter winning a Chevening Scholarship, even though she was only a middle of the road student. Then she won an internship with DFAT (of course).

    They’re all doing it and it’s either wilful bias or blind hope to suggest otherwise.

  8. Iain Hall says:

    Brian
    while I don’t dispute your list when you consider that those appointments were made over a rather longer time span than than the more recent efforts under Gillard you would have to think that Labor are taking self pleasuring to a new and ever more frenzied level.

  9. GD says:

    While the Libs also reward their faithful with aprés political appointments, it would seem that they reward more worthy recipients than the recent motley crew of Labor beneficiaries. Take for instance these previous Liberal appointees, as listed by Brian. By the way, Iain is right in suggesting Brian is drawing a long bow here, but it does make for interesting reading.

    Tim Fischer

    In 1966 he was conscripted into the Australian Army, was commissioned at the Officer Training Unit, Scheyville and served in the Vietnam War. On his return from Vietnam, Fischer took up farming at Boree Creek in the Riverina, and became active in the Country Party.

    Brenden Nelson

    Dr Brendon Nelson is indeed a doctor and ran a medical practice in Tasmania from 1985 to 1995. In 1998 Nelson was elected head of the Australian Medical Association.

    Robert Doyle

    In 1982, he worked as a departmental head at Lauriston Girls’ School. After three years, he changed schools, becoming a senior administrator and English teacher at Scotch College.

    So there’s three, a war veteran and farmer, a medical practitioner and an English teacher and administrator of a prestigious private school.

    I’d say all these men deserved whatever ‘political’ appointment they received upon leaving politics. They were more than qualified.

    Now let’s have a look at the other mob.

    Anna Bligh

    Studying at the University of Queensland from 1978, Bligh gained a Bachelor of Arts. After a lack-lustre career as a student activist she worked in a number of community organisations, including child care services, neighbourhood centres, women’s refuges and trade unions as well as in the Queensland Public Service.

    Mike Rann

    Here’s a bloke who’s never had a real job.

    He completed a Bachelor and a Master of Arts in political science at the University of Auckland. He participated in student politics, including becoming a member of the New Zealand Greenpeace executive that sent Greenpeace III to Mururoa Atoll in 1972 in the campaign against French nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean. After university, Rann was a political journalist for the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation. Haydon Manning has stated that “it was reported that” Rann “struggled with being an objective reporter”.

    And then there’s this bloke, Electrical Trades Union secretary ,Bernie Riordan. This is an utter joke. He is Head of Fair Work. Oh puh-lease.

    Brian is correct, it really is only a five minute google search. Amazing what you can turn up.

    And before I go, one more from Brian’s list of so-called unworthy Liberal appointments.

  10. Ray Dixon says:

    Fischer has never done a full day’s work in his life, nor, I suggest, has he fired a shot in anger. He was a freakin’ beef farmer, GD, you know what they do? Sit around and watch their cattle get fat. And he was a do-nothing politician too, more about image & style than substance – hence the akubra hat and the jingoistic ‘fair dinkum’ way of speaking. And as head of Tourism Australia (another cushy post-Parliament job) he oversaw the disastrous Laura Bingle campaign, ‘Where the bloody hell are you”, a slogan that Fischer fully endorsed as distinctively Australian, while most of us cringed. It flopped big time.

    Brendan Nelson’s only claim to fame as head of the AMA was when he addressed a protest rally thus:

    “I’ve never voted Liberal in my life”.

    As for Robert Doyle, so you’re now enamoured with school teachers? Look, Doylie is an incompetent nincompoop and arguably the Victorian Liberal party’s worst ever leader. They couldn’t wait to get rid of him.

    Qualified?

  11. Iain Hall says:

    Ray

    Fischer has never done a full day’s work in his life, nor, I suggest, has he fired a shot in anger. He was a freakin’ beef farmer, GD, you know what they do? Sit around and watch their cattle get fat. And he was a do-nothing politician too, more about image & style than substance – hence the akubra hat and the jingoistic ‘fair dinkum’ way of speaking. And as head of Tourism Australia (another cushy post-Parliament job) he oversaw the disastrous Laura Bingle campaign, ‘Where the bloody hell are you”, a slogan that Fischer fully endorsed as distinctively Australian, while most of us cringed. It flopped big time.

    Beef farming is not as much of a cushy number as you seem to think, besides having to spend time on weed control, maintaining fences, there are the constant requirements of animal husbandry, treating your stock against parasites, castrating young bulls, tagging and branding stock, immunising against disease, managing the procreation in your heard managing the grazing on your property requires the stock to be moved from paddock to paddock on a regular basis. Then there is the management of just which animals you send to market and when you send them which requires rounding up your stock and sorting them. Just “Sit(ing) around and watch their cattle get fat” won’t produce good quality Beef unless you think that a tough old scrub bull will give you a nice steak (which I can assure you it won’t) beef farming is actually hard work.

    Judging by the hits my posts on Lara Bingle still get I dispute the uselessness of that campaign

  12. Ray Dixon says:

    He didn’t and doesn’t do that, Iain. He had and has a manager. I know, his farm is at Mudgegonga, around here. Fischer was more your ‘Squire’ than a hands-on man. And the Bingle hits are just people looking for her tits – the campaign was a disaster.

  13. Iain Hall says:

    All large cattle enterprises require the employment of many people Ray, including managers but that does not mean that its all sitting on the arse and watching the money roll in.

    As for Bingle while I agree people want to look at her tits, the ads were designed to increase brand Australia’s awareness and there is little doubt that it did that

    Lara Bingle

    Tits or tourist icons?
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    Both serve the brand Ray and neither will sustain the era of mass tourism in an age of ever increasing energy costs that I predict will see international travel become once again a luxury enjoyed by only the very rich.

  14. Ray Dixon says:

    Fischer was an absentee farmer, Iain. He still is. And I repeat: the ‘Where the bloody hell are you’ campaign that he oversaw was a flop and turned the international market off, not on, despite our dollar (then) being much lower than it is now. We lost market share – i.e. the tourists went elsewhere. You can’t put that down to high energy costs.

  15. Iain Hall says:

    Ray I seriously doubt that any tourism campaign makes much measurable difference.

  16. Iain Hall says:

    That was what, thirty years ago?

  17. Brian says:

    Just read this in The Age. Iain, feel free to admit that you were mistaken and that it’s not just Labor with their snouts in the trough.

    THE state government has appointed dozens of Coalition backers and former MPs – including one of Ted Baillieu’s relatives – to plum positions on boards and agencies around the state.

    Despite Mr Baillieu slamming the former Labor government every time a so-called ”jobs for mates” scandal emerged, little appears to have changed since the Coalition came to office two years ago.

    An analysis of appointments in health – where Victoria and Canberra continue to trade blows over hospital funding – shows many positions have been given to former ministers, MPs, political staffers and party officials.

    For instance, Kennett government minister Mark Birrell was made the deputy chairman of VicHealth, former health minister Robert Knowles was appointed to the Royal Children’s Hospital board, former Caulfield MP Helen Shardey was made chairwoman of The Alfred hospital, and former Nationals MP Noel Maughan was appointed chairman of Goulburn Valley Health.

    The water industry is similar. Former Kennett government treasurer Alan Stockdale is chairman of City West Water, former minister Geoff Coleman is on the board of Westernport Water, and former upper house MP John Vogels is on the Wannon Water board.

    Mr Baillieu’s brother-in-law Graeme Stoney – a former MP – was granted a role on the board of VicForests, while some of the Premier’s former top aides have also received government roles.

    They include Michael Kapel, Mr Baillieu’s friend and former chief of staff, who is now based in San Francisco as the Commissioner for the Americas, and Di Rule, who was a key adviser to Mr Baillieu in his early years as opposition leader, and is now on the board of the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority.

    Source: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/jobs-for-mates-crosses-parliament-20130202-2drfb.html

  18. Iain Hall says:

    Brian
    I have little time for nepotism or “snouts in the trough” no matter who does it and I think that you will find that I have not been making the argument that “it’s just Labor with their snouts in the trough.” even though I have denounced some of Labor’s excesses and waste at this blog.

  19. Brian says:

    Iain, you quite clearly claimed that Labor had exceed the Liberals in this corrupt little game. Unless there are statistics to the contrary, this article suggests you have it wrong. Please don’t shift the goalposts now.

    While I’m here, I hadn’t noticed “GD’s” ridiculous comment… “Oh but the Liberals who were given political appointments because they were talented and otherwise worthy”. Give me a break. It’s well known that Brendan Nelson was a flop as a GP, so he started writing advice columns for Woman’s Day and then found his way into the AMA. In other words, he was a white collar union official. Tim Fischer was a farmer. Robert Doyle was not an “administrator”, he was head of the English faculty at Scotch College, i.e. he got to choose the booklisted texts and write some of the curriculum.

    I know you struggle with reality at the best of times, “GD”, but do you really think these people would have obtained those bureaucratic or diplomatic positions without their obvious connections to the Liberal Party?

    What comes out of Liberal backsides smells just as bad as what comes out of Labor’s, and don’t insult our intelligence by trying to suggest otherwise.

  20. GD says:

    Brian, you offer no proof for your denigration of Nelson, Fischer etal, so your diatribe is opinion, and opinion only.

    I’m also amused by the fact that your best criticism of the Libs is that they smell as bad as Labor.

    Own goal, old son.

  21. Brian says:

    I didn’t denigrate Fischer (I called him a farmer, which is what he was) or Doyle (ditto re: his career as a teacher). Nelson was a GP in Tasmania for all of three years, before he started on his quest for self publicity. All those things are on the public record, even if you are too lazy to check.

    In any case, I ask the question again. Even if Nelson was a brilliant GP, Fischer a successful farmer and Doyle a great teacher, do you seriously believe that equips them to be ambassadors to NATO or the executive director of a large government agency?

    I’m also amused by the fact that your best criticism of the Libs is that they smell as bad as Labor.

    You’re only amused by it because you can’t read. If you bothered to read my comments on this page you’d find that I’ve said they’re both up to their necks in it. It’s you and Iain who have your heads in the sand about your precious conservatives.

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