Public servants should be on the lookout as a gaggle of Rann ‘Spin Doctors’ are parachuted into well paid and senior positions in government departments and agencies.
Information provided by public service whistleblowers combined with a comprehensive search of documents obtained under Freedom of Information has revealed a list of at least 13 ‘Spin Doctors’ from Ministers’ offices who now have senior public service positions.
The 13 former Ministerial Advisers are listed below.
Name – Former Rann Govt Position – Current Public Service Position
Susan Close – Gago Adviser – Executive Director (People & Strategy), DEH
Sylvia Rapo – Foley Media Adviser – Executive Manager (Strategy & Development), DEH
Lance Worrall – Senior Rann Economics Adviser – CEO Public Sector Performance Unit, DPC
Paul Summerton – Foley & Wright Adviser – Manager Executive Services, Shared Services, DTF
Ben Tuffnell – Foley Chief of Staff – Manager Corporate Affairs, MAC
Geoff Baynes – Wright Chief of Staff – Executive Director (Building Communities), Justice
Danny Bertossa – Weatherill Adviser – Director (Policy & Strategy – Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation), DPC
Brigid Mahoney – Gago Adviser – defected from ALP Left to Right, now Senior Policy Consultant, DH
Julia Grant – Rann Adviser – Director (Sustainability and Industry Partnerships), DPC
George Vanco – Holloway Adviser – Director Major Projects, Planning SA
Lois Boswell – Gago Chief of Staff – Director (Strategy and Sustainability), Planning & Local Government
Emma Lawson – Rann Adviser – Executive Director (Cabinet Office), DPC
Don Frater – Conlon Chief of Staff – Executive Director (Cabinet Office), DPC
“Most of these appointments occurred in the last 12 months and the new positions are being paid more than $100,000 per annum and some are actually in excess of $150,000 per annum,” Liberal MLC Rob Lucas said today.
“Minister Holloway has already admitted that Mr Vanco and Ms Boswell got their new jobs in his department without any advertisement or proper merit based selection process. It is clear that a number of other jobs were also filled without advertising and merit based selection processes.
“There is growing anger and resentment from public servants about some of these appointments as they believe if the positions were advertised then some of Mr Rann’s ‘Spin Doctors’ would not have ‘won’ these positions.
“Given this growing anger, Freedom of Information applications have now been lodged with departments to try to establish the background of the appointments process.
“In the interests of accountability and transparency, Mr Rann should ensure all the information is released and he should defend publicly why all his ‘Spin Doctors’ should not be subject to the same processes as other public servants.”