Former Department of Premier and Cabinet Deputy Chief Executive Pauline Peel’s termination will cost taxpayers between $300,000 and $400,000.
Evidence to the Legislative Council Budget and Finance Committee today revealed Ms Peel was entitled to a three or four month payout for early termination and then another three or four month payout for every unexpired year of her contract.
Given Ms Peel was terminated two years into a five year contract and was employed on a package of almost $300,000 per year, she was given a payout of between 12 and 16 months of her salary package.
In addition to this payout, taxpayers paid $2200 to consultants ‘Jeff Whalan Learning Group’ for ‘career transition executive coaching’ for Ms Peel!
Shadow Finance Minister Rob Lucas said this was an outrageous waste of taxpayers’ money.
“Premier Weatherill needs to explain why taxpayers should be paying $2200 towards ‘transition coaching’ for a terminated executive who has received a payout of between $300,000 and $400,000,” Mr Lucas said.
“Sadly, it is yet another example of the wrong priorities of the Premier and his Government.”
In other evidence, DPC executives confirmed:
• one public servant in DPC implicated in the ‘Cartridgegate’ scandal was offered air flights to Melbourne
• another public servant in DPC implicated in $35,000 of ‘Cartridgegate’ purchases had been convicted of ‘fiddling’ travel expenses
• the Rann experiment with non-MPs such as Monsignor Cappo and the Chair of the Economic Development Board sitting on the Executive Committee of Cabinet was discontinued earlier this year