Thanks to the diligence of Chris Hipkins and his Hipkins Standard we won’t be having the problem ever again of cronyism being ignored:
The ”jobs for the boys” network under Labor was an endless source of irritation for the Liberals in opposition. Labor staffers who wore a second hat as a local councillor were worthy of detailed media briefings by O’Farrell’s minions. I know this because I wrote a story about how every Labor councillor in Penrith had worked or was working for the state government.
Freedom of information requests by O’Farrell’s office revealing whose snouts were double-dipping in which trough were also showered around the press gallery.
If you listened to the pre-election rhetoric of O’Farrell, March 26, 2011 would mark year zero for cronyism. The new Premier banned any family members of MPs serving in ministerial offices.
But it hasn’t stopped…politicians just can’t help themselves:
Issa has been forced to defend himself in the local press against claims he is the Liberals’ ”Graham Richardson in western Sydney” after deputy lord mayor Andrew Wilson was rolled for preselection in favour of Issa’s candidate, Jean Pierre Aboud.
Liberal Party NSW president Arthur Sinodinos has confirmed he is investigating preselections for the Holroyd Council also linked to Issa.
Across at Hawkesbury Council, Kevin Conolly, party sources say, has been working hard to get his son Patrick preselected to take his seat. Patrick Conolly works in the electorate office of a fellow hard-right Liberal, Tanya Davies, the Penrith MP.
Another one of her staffers, Mark Holmes, will run for Blacktown Council while Kevin Conolly’s electorate officer Nathan Zamprogno is also seeking a spot on Hawkesbury Council.
This newspaper revealed last year that at least 10 Liberal councillors were working in electorate offices, adding as much as $66,000 a year to their pay packets. Fairfield City councillor Zaya Toma is the chief of staff to Smithfield MP Andrew Rohan.
Greedy little troughers.