Another Government Secret

The State Liberals are demanding the Attorney-General John Rau release the review into the hiring practices of the Department of Premier and Cabinet and extend the investigation to all executive level appointments during the life of the Weatherill Government.

Yesterday in State Parliament John Rau revealed a review had taken place in the wake of three fraudulent appointments to DPC.

What the Attorney-General refused to reveal was if executive level public servants employed by the Weatherill Government have been subject to proper employment checks.

“It is totally unacceptable for the Weatherill Government to throw a veil of secrecy over its employment practices,” said Deputy State Liberal Leader Vickie Chapman.

“Particularly after the Weatherill Government has ordered:  ‘that all future senior appointments be subject to a detailed police and security check; rigorous verification of work history, qualifications and referees...’

“These future measures imply that past practices have been woefully inadequate.

“The fact three senior public servants have fraudulently gained employment in just one department casts a shadow of doubt over the appointment of all executive level public servants employed by the Weatherill Government.

“The suggestion that senior public servants weren’t subject to a police check before being employed is almost beyond belief.

“You can’t run a sausage sizzle at the local school without a police clearance yet apparently the Weatherill Government doesn’t require a police check before employing individuals to very senior roles paying hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

“Individuals who have been prevented from taking up jobs because of the Weatherill Government’s woefully slow background checks will be outraged by this double standard.

“Equally concerning is the very high likelihood that individuals have been appointed to senior public sector positions for which they are not qualified.”