Labor will SCRAP $450,000-a-year overseas jobs after John Barilaro ‘dream job’ saga leaves NSW government in chaos
- NSW Labor promises to dump $450,000-per-year jobs amid economic crisis
- The role includes cost-of-living bonus’s and business flights on top of high salary
- Leader Chris Minns said the money should be used on cost of living aid
NSW Labor leader Chris Minns said he will get rid of $450,000-per-year trade commissioner roles if he was elected premier next March.
The six roles based across the world include cost-of-living allowance and business flights, which has drawn the ire of critics saying, ‘it doesn’t pass the pub test’.
Chris Minns (pictured) said the money can be be used for flood recovery and cost-of-living handouts
NSW Labor promises to get rid of plum overseas jobs given ‘the $183bn worth of gross debt’ in the state
‘We will abolish the six senior trade and investment commissioners around the world,’ Mr Minns said. ‘In the first term of government they will go.’
He admits the state need experts out there looking for trade opportunities for NSW firms but economic recovery was more important.
‘At a time when we have rung up $183bn worth of gross debt and there’s no spare money for flood recovery, schools, hospitals and cost of living measures – this is money we can’t afford at the moment.’
He said those who resign will not be replaced and the contracts for current workers will not be renewed.
The move to scrap the jobs – which pay more than what the NSW premier earns – could increase the pressure on Liberal Premier Dominic Perrottet to do the same before next year’s state election.
The premier faced scrutiny after former Deputy Premier John Barilaro was appointed to one of the top jobs in the US.
Mr Barilaro was forced to step down following allegations of an under-handed way he scored the high-end role.
The trade commissioner role is there to promote international trade agreements and export trade programs on behalf of NSW.
Radio host Ben Fordham said the plum jobs were binned when John Fahey was premier in 1993.
The late ex-premier described them as a throwback to colonial days when it was important to put on garden parties.
In 2020 they were brought back as six of the top jobs were announced for Tokyo, London, New York, Mumbai, Shanghai and Singapore – each carrying the big salary.
The move to scrap the jobs – which pay more than what the NSW premier earns – could put Liberal Premier Dominic Perrottet in more hot water as next year’s state election looms