Michael Kellett, Wardell
There was a great letter in The Echo 29 July titled ‘Yet another scandal’. It started with ‘Another Coalition Govt, another pork-barrelling scandal, it shouldn’t surprise anyone,’ and after the blatant sports rorts pork-barrelling scandal perpetrated by Scotty from marketing’s mob prior to the 2019 election, anything regarding Coalition government’s shady deals is believable.
Yes, they’re at it again. It seems Gladys’ right-hand man, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is at pains to explain why two of his staffers were paid by the privatised, but still government-run workers’ compensation agency (icare).
Icare is itself facing allegations of conflict of interest, and swindling injured workers out of payments.
The CEO of icare has already resigned after a three-hour grilling by a parliamentary inquiry, and Mr Perrottet’s chief of staff has now also resigned.
Has someone in the Berejiklian government done something unscrupulous? Because something stinks to high heaven here and Mr Perrottet certainly has questions to answer.
Coalition governments are notoriously incapable of dealing with inherited, publicly run, institutions that are properly funded and that efficiently serve the public.
They immediately under-fund, or privatise them and turn them into inefficient cash cows, run by their business mates.