In perhaps a tacit admission that the Liberals will never regain power in the ACT their leader Zed Seselja has announced he’s introduced legislation to stop Ministers sliding straight into the big bug jobs running Territory Owned Corporations (TOCs), and in fact making them wait two years.
“This is an important public policy reform which prevents Government Ministers from taking up a role on the board of an Authority or TOC immediately or soon after they leave their role of regulator of those organisations,” Zed said.
“Government Ministers are often exposed to Cabinet documents in their role as regulators of Territory Authorities and Territory Owned Corporations. This will put an end to any potential conflict of interest for these individuals who potentially go from the role of regulator to a board member of these organisations,” Zed said…
“This sensible legislation will mean there is a clear delineation between Government Ministers and the Corporations and Authorities they are charged to regulate,” Zed said.
One wonders, if this gets up, how long before a different structure is found which can still employ former ministers at great expense.