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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Rockliff misleads Tasmanians over massive CEO payout

David O’Byrne MP
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

  • Rockliff lied when he said CEO was retiring
  • Payout in excess of $322,000 a waste of taxpayers’ funds
  • Liberals unable to control golden handshakes

The Infrastructure Minister, Jeremy Rockliff, has been caught misleading Tasmanians over the departure of the former CEO of TasPorts, which cost taxpayers in excess of $322,000.

Mr Rockliff issued a press release in August stating:

“Chief Executive Officer of Tasports, Paul Weedon has advised the Government of his intention to retire this September.”

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport David O’Byrne said it is clear from Government Business Enterprise Hearings today that the Chair of the Board effectively forced Mr Weedon to resign.

“Mr Weedon was a highly respected and capable CEO of TasPorts,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“Jeremy Rockliff must explain why Mr Weedon was forced to resign and why he issued a press release lying about the reasons for his departure.

“Taxpayers have footed the bill for a $188,000 termination payment in lieu of notice, $134,000 in accrued leave and the potential for a further payment of bonuses.

“This is a gross waste of taxpayer money and the latest golden handshake to be revealed in GBEs.

“Almost five years ago the Treasurer promised to crack down on payouts in GBEs.

“Far from a crackdown, what we have seen is a cover up.”

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. William Boeder

    December 12, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Well Russell, that depends on how much is spent on sealing the lips of a loose-lipped person. Some charge more than others to keep secret the sins of their State government, and more-so this present Liberal government.

    I recommend that each of these retiring or ‘convinced to retire persons’ could land a job with ASIO easily enough. All they have to do is agree and accept, then distribute all the military propaganda intelligence reports from the US of A. The Liberal party in Australia love this kind of beguiling intelligence as they have no interest in the facts and the truths.

    Have a guess why Russia conducted its recent military exercise with Venezuela utilising their White Swan Tupelo high-speed and high-load capacity bombers?

    Yep, Venezuela was next on the US invasion hit list.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLRvQ_-IQVs

  2. Russell

    December 8, 2018 at 10:07 am

    If you retire, then you have quit and don’t deserve any golden hand-shake apart from your superannuation and long service leave. No pensions, no travel expenses, no handouts of any kind.

    The same rules should apply for public servants as they do in private business.

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