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Making jobs for the boys an art form.

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Tue, 15th September 2009


Senator the Hon Eric Abetz

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Labor has made Jobs for the Boys an art form with the appointment of former Labor Premier Steve Bracks to the

position of “Automotive Envoy” at a rate of $1,100 per day, Shadow Industry Minister, Senator Eric Abetz said


“One of Senator Carr’s first acts as Minister was to appoint Labor mate Steve Bracks to undertake the automotive

industry review - and to try and pay him $2,000 per day to do it”, Senator Abetz said.

“When we belled the cat on this, Senator Carr backed down and said that Mr Bracks would be paid instead at the

Remuneration Tribunal rate - $597 per day.

“Notwithstanding, this still meant that Mr Bracks was paid more than $27,000 for his work on the Review.

“In his review, Mr Bracks recommended that

“A well-known and respected industry figure or figures should undertake should undertake an ambassadorial role for the industry”

(Review of Australia’s Automotive Industry, Final Report, Page 7)

“Now Senator Carr has appointed Mr Bracks to do a job that Mr Bracks himself recommended be created - and

for $1,100 per day to boot!

“Given that Mr Bracks has indicated he will work about 30 days per year, that means he will be paid $33,000 per

annum for the job - on top of the $27,000 he has already been paid for the review.

“That’s $60,000 and counting for Labor mate Steve Bracks.

“Talk about jobs for the boys!”