Premier Mike Rann’s defence to hidden payments of up to $80,000 to his Spin Doctors is simply laughable.
“Mr Rann, through his Spin Doctor Jill Bottrall, today stated that ‘superannuation benefits were not considered a monetary benefit’,” Shadow Minister for Finance Rob Lucas said today.
“I am not sure what sort of parallel universe Mr Rann exists in, but he would be the only person in South Australia who doesn’t think superannuation is a monetary benefit.
“If the taxpayers of South Australia are making secret superannuation payments of up to $45,000 per annum to Mr Rann’s Spin Doctors, then it is clearly a monetary benefit to his Spin Doctors.
“This issue is important because Mr Rann is required by law (Public Sector Act) to reveal publicly the remuneration of his Spin Doctors and the law defines remuneration to include monetary benefits such as superannuation.
“It is also interesting to note the Chief Executive of Mr Rann’s own department – Premier and Cabinet – in evidence to the Budget and Finance Committee has contradicted Mr Rann’s claim.”
Hon R LUCAS: “Mr Eccles, the remuneration calculation that you do on behalf of the Auditor-General for this particular report…does include all financial benefits, does it not—superannuation, etc?
Mr C ECCLES: “Yes.”
(Budget and Finance Committee, 18-Oct-2010)
“Mr Rann, through his Spin Doctor Jill Bottrall, also told the media that “this [the $45,000 superannuation] is information that we just don’t keep or have access to in this office.”
“Is Mr Rann serious?
“Is he actually suggesting that Mr Alexandrides, who has an office next to Ms Bottrall’s, doesn’t know whether taxpayers are making annual $45,000 superannuation payments to him as part of his remuneration package?
“Mr Rann must now be flushed out to answer questions on this issue, including how many other Rann Spin Doctors are receiving hidden payments.”