Australian Laborites get a turn on the gravy train

Australian Laborites get a turn on the gravy train. By Christine Lacy at Margin Call.

Barely a few days have passed since the refresh of government and already the manoeuvring has begun for plum board postings and coveted chair positions across a slew of government-controlled agencies.

Former ALP communications minister Stephen Conroy has been sounded out for a director’s spot on the Australia Post board, with Bruce McIver, a past president of the Queensland Liberal/Nationals, said to be in line for an ousting. The place, let’s face it, had almost unashamedly grown into a colony of the Liberal Party. …

Margin Call understands that eyes are also being cast over the Future Fund board of guardians and at least some thought is being given to installing either former treasurer Wayne Swan, who recently succeeded Steve Bracks as the chair of Cbus, or former finance minister Lindsay Tanner.

None of this bodes well, sadly, for the current chair, Peter Costello, who has sat comfortably on the Future Fund since 2009 and benefited from a five-year reappointment in February 2019.

We’ve been told to expect ­further adjustments at Infrastructure Australia and the Australian Submarine Corporation over the coming months, but we suspect that’s just the beginning.

Plum jobs in the bureaucracy are what it’s all about. Did you get yours?