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Jobs for the Boys – Take that Zedley!

By John Hargreaves - 19 December 2014 12

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So, let’s get this right? The Labor Party, particularly in NSW, wrote the rulebook around jobs for the boys. For rewarding faithful servants of the cause with sinecures overseas or jobs for life on massive salaries.

Really? Hmmmm! What about the latest of a round of huge gifts to the faithful from our benevolent Liberal Party nationally?

We all remember Sophie Mirabella, from Wangaratta, being given a plum job producing submarines the Government won’t buy! Like, if she was from Holbrook, where there are some subs, it would make some sense!

In a very short space of time, that pillar of virtue, George Brandis appoints Janet Albrechtsen to the National Museum Council on a salary of $20,480 (for what, one might ask, attending about four meetings a year?)

Add to this one, former Nats pollie Paul Neville to the Board of the National Film and Sound Archives (after denuding it of funds).

And now former senator and ACT Chief Minister, Gary Humphries is appointed to the AAT as Deputy President on $445,000 a year. Of course, Gary is a lawyer, and is a former Attorney General. But I don’t know that he practised as a lawyer all that much.

I am in the wrong Party!

It was Gary Humphries who appointed Terry Connolly to the Master’s job, not Labor. It was Labor which appointed Liberal Bill Stefaniak to the ACAT here in the ACT.

Hey guys, I’m still waiting! It seems as though Labor doesn’t give out the sweets as inherently as the Liberals do. It must be in the Libs’ DNA.

But get this, pollie watchers!

Zed does Gary over in the preselection and nicks his Senate seat. Gary adopts a hate and wait stance. Along comes St George Brandis and makes a quasi-judicial officer out of Gary. Zed (the lawyer also) presumably knew about the appointment of Gary to a job which carries the same tenure only with a salary twice as much as his!

Then Gary resigns in effect, from the Libs. This is the right thing to do to maintain the and to remove the suggestion of bias; an admirable thing to do.

And finally, Gary delivers a sermon from on high to the Zed acolytes accusing them of the very thing the NSW Labor Party is supposed to be doing. Dead people on the membership list indeed!

If you can’t round ‘em up, dig ‘em up!

Keep it up, guys, I’m loving it!

And for those who want to give me a belt over Simon Corbell’s appointment of Jon Stanhope to the Legal Aid Commission, Jon’s honorarium is $18,300 against Gary’s $445,000 a year. A part time job in your area of expertise is different to Albrechtsen’s Christmas pressie in that Jon has form, good form.

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Jobs for the Boys – Take that Zedley!
Garfield 2:10 pm 22 Dec 14

Gary Humphries’ appointment to the AAT and the recent ministerial reshuffle has prompted my thoughts to divert down the path of what might have been had the local Libs stuck with Gary Humphries rather than installing Zed Seselja as their Senate candidate. I remember hearing that, while in Opposition, Tony Abbott said Gary Humphries was the only member of the coalition team who had run a government before and so was a highly valued member of his front bench. With Cabinet deciding that he was the right person to head the AAT in the ACT, it suggests that high opinion was not restricted to Tony Abbott. As the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel for his last 3 years as a Senator and given the high regard in which he’s held, I think its highly likely that Humphries would now be in the outer Ministry or possibly even Cabinet. In either case Canberra would have a respected voice in the highest levels of government.

In contrast it seems that more than 8 years in our assembly, including 5 as opposition leader, and taking out an esteemed colleague in such an unsavoury manner has not been enough to win Seselja promotion to Parliamentary Secretary, leaving him a back bencher. Having minimal influence with the Government’s leadership, the only advantage of a back bencher is in being able to publicly defend your constituents when Government policy disadvantages them as they’re not bound by ministerial solidarity. I’m still waiting to hear Zed offer any alternatives to Government policies that negatively impact Canberra. With his ineffectiveness in standing up for the ACT and given the swing against the government that’s likely given the polls, I wonder if the people of the ACT will see fit to send the local Libs a message in 2016 and finally elect a Green to that second senate seat?

Pork Hunt 10:10 pm 21 Dec 14

MERC600 said :

John Hargreaves said :

dungfungus said :

John, were you not recently championing the issue of “gender balance” (whatever that is)?
You now chuck that out and use the phrase “jobs for the boys” which is very gender specific.
In the ACT it should be “jobs for the girls”, surely.

Not quite sure what you mean, but you know who’s got friends when one gets $445,000 and one gets $18,000.

Your spot on John about having friends who look after you.. One bloke who knows his friends, from both sides of politics, is Kim Beazley. Regret I’m unsure what his stipend is, but I suspect its healthy
And do yourself a favour and have a google squiz at the residence he has to live in. Makes the Lodge look like stables

As Beazley is the ambassador to the US, I would imagine his lodgings are provided by his employer, that being DFAT. Absolutely nothing to do with LNP or ALP.

Masquara 9:04 pm 21 Dec 14

John, do explain to us the Al Grassby factor – just why he was protected by Labor. That’s more of an issue than mere wages. There’s a dead man who can’t talk.

MERC600 4:28 pm 21 Dec 14

John Hargreaves said :

dungfungus said :

John, were you not recently championing the issue of “gender balance” (whatever that is)?
You now chuck that out and use the phrase “jobs for the boys” which is very gender specific.
In the ACT it should be “jobs for the girls”, surely.

Not quite sure what you mean, but you know who’s got friends when one gets $445,000 and one gets $18,000.

Your spot on John about having friends who look after you.. One bloke who knows his friends, from both sides of politics, is Kim Beazley. Regret I’m unsure what his stipend is, but I suspect its healthy
And do yourself a favour and have a google squiz at the residence he has to live in. Makes the Lodge look like stables

dungfungus 10:40 am 21 Dec 14

John Hargreaves said :

dungfungus said :

John, were you not recently championing the issue of “gender balance” (whatever that is)?
You now chuck that out and use the phrase “jobs for the boys” which is very gender specific.
In the ACT it should be “jobs for the girls”, surely.

Not quite sure what you mean, but you know who’s got friends when one gets $445,000 and one gets $18,000.

I am not going to spell it out for you John as everyone else on this blog knows what I mean.

John Hargreaves 10:34 am 21 Dec 14

dungfungus said :

John, were you not recently championing the issue of “gender balance” (whatever that is)?
You now chuck that out and use the phrase “jobs for the boys” which is very gender specific.
In the ACT it should be “jobs for the girls”, surely.

Not quite sure what you mean, but you know who’s got friends when one gets $445,000 and one gets $18,000.

dungfungus 8:48 am 20 Dec 14

John, were you not recently championing the issue of “gender balance” (whatever that is)?
You now chuck that out and use the phrase “jobs for the boys” which is very gender specific.
In the ACT it should be “jobs for the girls”, surely.

AR610 8:47 pm 19 Dec 14

And the sample size is….

Masquara 6:15 pm 19 Dec 14

OK John, let’s call you on this. You are essentially stating that Andrea Hull, John Morse, Marian Gibney, John Hirst, Benjamin Chow, Craddock Morton, Daniel Gilbert, Sally Anne Hasluck, John Fleming and Barbara Piscitelli should all have their stipends reduced along with Janet Albrechtson. How much should they be paid?

Masquara 6:12 pm 19 Dec 14

Gary Humphries is extremely popular in Canberra John. Save your breath!

MERC600 2:07 pm 19 Dec 14

Well thank for letting us know what Jon is picking up from the legal aid people. Mr Corbell left it out of his press statement ( perhaps at such a miserable paltry figure he was embarrassed to let it out )

neanderthalsis 11:36 am 19 Dec 14

Hey guys, I’m still waiting! It seems as though Labor doesn’t give out the sweets as inherently as the Liberals do. It must be in the Libs’ DNA.

Not sure if trolling or just really naive…

So it must be nice having a public forum that lets you have a rant because you are really upset that no one has offered you a plum job following your political career. I guess you just didn’t make that much of an impact.

And for those who want to give me a belt over Simon Corbell’s appointment of Jon Stanhope to the Legal Aid Commission, Jon’s honorarium is $18,300 against Gary’s $445,000 a year. A part time job in your area of expertise is different to Albrechtsen’s Christmas pressie in that Jon has form, good form.

Coming after his appointment as Administrator on Christmas Island where I am sure he earned a tidy sum…

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