Source: Patricia Karvelas, The Australian
JENNY Macklin’s former senior adviser and now deputy secretary of her department, Michael Dillon, has been recommended as the next chief executive of the Indigenous Land Corporation, sparking accusations from the opposition of jobs for the boys.
Opposition indigenous affairs spokesman Nigel Scullion said last night the Indigenous Affairs Minister was appointing someone to a position that might not exist after the election.
“It is just another Labor bolthole,” Senator Scullion said. “Macklin said just last Wednesday that the appointment of the ILC CEO had nothing to do with her.
“This is despite her saying in a letter to the former ILC chair that significant appointments must be approved by the prime minister or cabinet according to the cabinet handbook and acting appointments longer than three months must also be approved by the prime minister.”
Senator Scullion said Ms Macklin and her departmental head, Finn Pratt, would have known about Mr Dillon’s application.
“His application would of course have her imprimatur,” Senator Scullion said.
“With the blessing of the minister and his good friends, the chair of the ILC Dawn Casey and board member Neil Westbury, Michael Dillon will be in charge of a $1.7 billion outfit.”
A spokeswoman for Ms Macklin said the ILC was an independent statutory authority and its board was responsible for the appointment of its chief executive.
Senator Scullion said the successful candidate for the ILC position would need experience in land management, private sector business, and agriculture.
Mr Dillon comes from the public service. The Australian understands the ILC board discussed the fact that he was close to Labor, but made the recommendation anyway.
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