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Liberal Party politicisation of the Australian Treasury continues



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CHRIS BOWEN MP

SHADOW TREASURER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR SMALL BUSINESS

MEMBER FOR MCMAHON

LIBERAL PARTY POLITICISATION OF THE AUSTRALIAN TREASURY

CONTINUES

Federal Labor notes the appointment of Mr Philip Gaetjens as Secretary of the

Australian Treasury.

The appointment is unlikely to restore faith in the Australian Treasury after years of

politicisation by the Liberal Party and by Scott Morrison in particular.

The fact of the matter is over the last two decades, Mr Gaetjens has spent a lot

more time in Coalition Treasurers’ offices (13 years) - as Chief of Staff to Costello

and Morrison - than in the Australian Treasury (four years).

Scott Morrison has regularly used Treasury to cost all of Labor’s economic and tax

policies and then release those costings to select media outlets in an attempt to

damage Labor.

Despite this appointment coming on the eve of a general election - when Treasury

(with Finance) produces the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook - the

Treasurer did not bother to consult with the Opposition.

The Treasury is a fine institution that deserves the best people and processes and

not the constant politicisation that Scott Morrison has subjected it to.

I wish outgoing Treasury Secretary John Fraser all the best in his future

endeavours.

THURSDAY, 12 JULY 2018

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