Remuneration for some key Rann Government Boards and Committees had in the last 12 months exploded by as much as 200 per cent.
“At a time when Mr Rann is asking public servants to restrict wage increases to 2.5 per cent per annum, it demonstrates how out of touch Mr Rann and his Government are when they waste taxpayers’ money by increasing massively the annual payments to Board appointees,” Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today.
“Public servants will rightly be furious with Mr Rann as there appears to be one rule for them and another rule for Mr Rann.
“In some cases Board and Committee payments have increased by almost $21,000 per annum since last year, as evidenced by the position of Deputy Presiding Member of the Training and Skills Commission, held by Patrick Wright.”
The following positions held by persons with strong Labor connections show the extent of some increases:
Name Board/Committee 2007-08 2008-09 % Increase $ Increase
Ron Roberts West Beach Trust (Deputy) $ 4,120 $ 12,383 201% $ 8,263
Geoff Loveday Development Assessment Commission $ 9,500 $ 24,765 161% $ 15,265
Sandra de Poi Homestart Finance Board of Management $ 18,700 $ 30,957 66% $ 12,257
Nick Bolkus Playford North Steering Committee (Chair) $ 12,100 $ 18,574 54% $ 6,474
Terry Groom Motor Accident Commission $ 24,200 $ 35,379 46% $ 11,179
Mary Patetsos SA Housing Trust Board of Management $ 18,700 $ 24,765 32% $ 6,065
“Only Mr Rann can explain how he can justify giving ex-Labor MP Terry Groom and other Motor Accident Commission Board members an extra $11,000 per annum, or a 46 per cent increase, at a time when Treasurer Kevin Foley has just reported to Parliament massive investment losses by the MAC of $208.5 million in the last year,” he said.
Mr Lucas said that two of Mr Rann’s favourite ”Power Couples”, Philip Bentley and Margaret Wagstaff, and Nick Bolkus and Mary Patetsos, were still dining out on South Australian taxpayers.
“The Rann Government as at 30 June 2009 was paying Mr Bentley and Ms Wagstaff $105,598 per annum for five appointments, which compares to $66,177 per annum only 12 months ago.
“Mr Bolkus and Ms Patetsos as at 30 June 2009 were being paid $82,383 per annum for six appointments compared to $63,480 per annum 12 months ago.
“The Register of Government Boards and Committees for 30 June 2009, which was tabled in Parliament last week, also revealed that many of the appointees have close connections with the Labor Party.
“It is clear that if you are a “Labor Mate”, a fellow traveller, or have a close association with the Labor Party, your chances of appointment are much greater.
“Whilst some of the appointments could be defended, it is clear some of the appointees have no knowledge of or little connection with the Board to which they have been appointed.”
“This is just another example of the Rann Government’s arrogance as it believes it can do whatever it likes in relation to appointments. These criticisms have been raised before and Mr Rann continues to thumb his nose at his critics.”