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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

Media Release

Yet another golden handshake revealed as Libs lose control of payouts  

David O’Byrne MP
Shadow Minister for Energy


  • TasNetworks executive paid out $400,000 despite “resigning”
  • Day of woe as each GBE at hearings found to have splurged on executive payouts
  • Huge payouts dished out despite wage cap for Tasmanian teachers, nurses

Yet another Liberal golden handshake has been revealed, with Labor unearthing a $400,000 payment to a TasNetworks general manager who later turned up working for a TasNetworks contractor.

In the CEO’s report in TasNetworks’ Annual Report it says that the general manager of works and service delivery chose to exit the business. Page 30 of the report states that the executive resigned from the business.

Yet, on page 100 of the annual report, it lists a $400,000 severance payment for the executive.

Shadow Energy Minister David O’Byrne said the Liberals had lost track of GBE golden handshakes despite Peter Gutwein demanding GBEs cease paying exorbitant exit payments to highly-paid executives.

“Today it has been revealed that all three businesses facing GBE scrutiny – TT-Line, TasPorts and TasNetworks – have all farewelled executives with golden handshakes despite claiming that they had resigned or retired in their public statements.

“At TasNetworks we have a general manager who it was claimed resigned collect $400,000 and turn up working for a key contractor to TasNetworks not long after.

“It was revealed the CEO of TasPorts ‘retired’ but still cost taxpayers in excess of $322,000.

“And a TT-Line executive was granted $761,000 and a car on his way out the door.

“Clearly the Liberals have lost control of the GBEs despite the tough talk. And the tricky language being used to say these executives resigned or retired is a disgrace.

“This is taxpayers money and it is being thrown around like confetti despite housing and health crises and teachers, nurses and other workers facing a two per cent wages cap while still being among the lowest paid in the country.”

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  1. Simon Warriner

    December 9, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    The payouts stink, but what stinks a hell of a lot more are the writing of the overly generous contracts that allow such overt rorting in the first place.

    Has anyone heard even a whisper from our pollies about fixing THAT problem?

    Didn’t think so.

  2. Chris

    December 9, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Its good to know that the EXTRA POWER CHARGES that rooftop solar customers will be contributing in the new year will be used for a good purpose.

    The reduction in Feed In Tariffs will give the Grinner and his mates an extra $10 million per year, and the stolen electricity that the Grinner collects for the 309% mark-up for that same power returned from the grid shows the religious nutter’s definition of “fair and reasonable” is sanctioned by him and his happy clapper religious mate.

  3. Peter Bright

    December 8, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    The Liberals look after their own kind, and that’s why it’s so vital for them to secure control of the levers of government. This is done by fooling an ever naive and ignorant electorate with distortions, deceit, misrepresentations and lies.

    Behind out backs I’d bet they are laughing at how easy it is to deceive those who finance this corruption, the workforce upon which everything depends, a workforce which has its pay packet pilfered before its members even see it.

    What a lurk! What a lark!

    • Kate

      December 8, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      Remind us Peter, how much was that dud of a Labor party appointed Governor, Richard Butler, paid out by the Labor government?

      • Peter Bright

        December 8, 2018 at 6:45 pm

        I recall no Labor party corruption in that unique episode, Kate. I vaguely recall Richard starting off well but then letting his wife take control.

        But with the Liberals, corruption is an everyday way of life, and it’s never been worse or more blatant.

        • Kate

          December 9, 2018 at 7:46 am

          Oh dear.

          Butler was probably the most inappropriate and absurd appointment Tasmania has seen in recent history. After ten months of high controversy he resigned with a $650,000 payout in 2004 .. when he should have been handed a bill.

          Thankyou Labor, and thanks to the political commentators like Brian Carlton for keeping the people informed.

  4. Angry of Devonport

    December 8, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    Corruption, cronyism and the good ol’ boys at their best.

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