Premier Rann must explain publicly his reasons for continually appointing so many people with connections to the Labor Party to key Government Boards and Committees.
Liberal Member of the Legislative Council Rob Lucas said today it is clear that if you are a ‘Labor Mate’ or have a close association with the Labor Party, your chances of appointment are much greater.
The attached table lists some of the more prominent appointments, but there are literally dozens of others which could be listed, including union leaders, Labor Party members and ‘fellow travellers.’
“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,” Mr Lucas said.
“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 has just thumbed his nose at his critics.
Mr Lucas said the Rann Government has tried to camouflage this large number of Labor connected appointments by announcing a small number of appointments of former Liberal Members such as Dean Brown and Stephen Baker.
Furthermore, the need for transparency in all of these issues is obvious when, for example, Nick Bolkus (who, together with his wife Mary Patetsos, appear to have at least four appointments) acts as a lobbyist for a number of groups dealing with the Rann Government and he is also the Chair of Labor’s fundraising arm, SA Progressive Business Inc.
“Mr Rann could assist the argument for transparency by explaining what skills and experience in stormwater management Mr Bolkus had before Mr Rann appointed him as the Chair of the new Stormwater Management Authority.”
Current ALP candidate for Port Adelaide
Premier’s Social Inclusion Board 9,050
Director, SA Tourism Commission 12,100
Former ALP Member for Norwood and Minister
Chair, SA Centre for Trauma and Injury Recovery 12,100
Chair, SACE Review Panel ?
Passenger Transport Standards Committee 280/session
Former ALP Senator
Adelaide Cemeteries Authorities Board 9,500
Former ALP MLC
Chair, Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service 15,000 + 3,050
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Board 0
Former ALP MLC and Minister
SA Country Arts Trust 140/session
Dame Roma Mitchell Trust Fund for Children and Young People Board 0
Genetically Modified Crops Advisory Committee 160/session
Former ALP Member for Giles and Minister
SA Water Corporation Board 32,660 + 4,899
Former State Member for Elizabeth, Former Federal Member for Bonython and State Minister
Chair, Advanced Directives Committee ?
Former ALP Senator and Minister
Chair, Stormwater Management Authority ?
Wife of Nick Bolkus
Housing Trust 28,700
Local Government Grants Commission 13,570
Social Inclusion Board 9,050
ALP Senate candidate, Secretary SDA SA Branch
Safework SA Advisory Committee 9,500
Former Chief of Staff to Trish White and ALP candidate for MawsonMedical Board 7,450
Wife of Chris Sumner
Chair, Premier’s Council for Women 190/session
Current Senior Research Officer, ACTU EDB 45,000
Major Projects Facilitation Group 40,000
Former ALP Prime Minister
Economic Development Board (EDB) 45,000
Former ALP Senator and Minister
Chair, Power Line Environment Committee 4,840
Chair, Council for Care of Children 190/session
Former ALP Qld Premier
Government Reform Commission 75,000
Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
As at 9 August 2007
Based on Boards/Committees Register 30 June 2006 and media reports since 30 June 2006