Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said today the total number of ‘spin doctors’ and other Ministerial office staff was increasing so rapidly it appeared they were ‘breeding like flies’.
“Mr. Rann is wasting about $20 million over four years by this explosion in the number of staff employed in Ministerial offices,” Mr. Lucas said today.
“The total number of staff employed in 15 Ministerial offices in May 2006 was a ridiculous 255 compared with only 191 under the former Liberal Government in early 2002.
“Put simply, this means that Mr. Rann is employing 64 more ‘spin doctors’ and other staff – an increase of more than 30 per cent.”
The numbers employed in Ministerial offices are listed in the Government document, ‘Ministers Directory.’
Date Ministerial Staff Numbers
Jan ‘02 (Liberal) 191
May ‘04 (Rann) 235
May ‘06 (Rann) 255
At a conservative estimate cost of $75,000 per staff member (with on costs), an extra 64 staff members cost about an extra $5m per year or $20m over four years.
“At a time when South Australian families are crying out for extra support for mental health programs, and for helping children with disabilities, Mr. Rann is content to waste $20m on extra Ministerial staff numbers ballooning out of control,” Mr. Lucas said.
“This is yet another example of an arrogant Premier and Government which is increasingly out of touch with the priorities of South Australian families.”