You could see this one coming. Barbara Bennett, Workplace Authority boss, has been popping up on the TV recently, even on my Foxtel. Ms Bennett’s TV ads about the workplace reforms were sure to rub somebody (unions and the ALP) up the wrong way, so the leftist Fairfax media has the first bite highlighting that: Ms Bennett lives in the ritzy suburb of Forrest; is renovating her home; is an ex-ALP staffer; and is married to a political lobbyist. It is not entirely clear why any of this is supposed to be relevant.
Now throw in some slimy comments from an anonymous ALP MP:
“Barbara’s a talented woman but she’s got about eight years above herself with this Workplace Authority post,” one Labor MP said.
“Obviously you only get such a leg-up if you give something in return.”
Seems that seniority, not talent, is the name of the game for some people.
However, Ms Bennett’s TV ads do raise an interesting point about the use of public servants for what might be viewed as political purposes.