Most watchers of government might have suspected that restructures and redundancies were used to quietly get rid of the worst performers. Some have se
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DEPARTMENTSDepartment of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
TAGS corruption, Victoria, recruitment, Governance, Ombudsman, Failure, Adam Fennessy, private sector, Mt Buller and Mt Stirling, probity, John Huber, Jennifer Hutchison, public management, Lily D'Ambrosio
Blithe ignorance of the most basic public management principles has sparked a broadside call about risks of hiring private sector hot shots for public sector leadership roles.
The shocking misuse of public funds by the board and senior managers of the publicly owned Mt Buller and Mt Stirling alpine resort demonstrates the risk of public bodies hiring executives from the private sector, according to Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass.
A strong sense of frustration and disbelief comes through in her excoriating report, which details a list of inappropriate perks blithely enjoyed by the board chair, chief executive, property manager and other employees.
In arrangements that might be acceptable in some privately owned companies, there were also tales of freebies to family and friends for no discernible business purpose, and questions about conflict of interest around contracts with a company part-owned by the CEO’s wife.
Their responses, on the other hand, collectively display an almost unbelievable level of ignorance about why their behaviour was unacceptable for the stewards of a government-owned company. Glass sees a “cultural risk associated with private sector individuals” that needs to be taken seriously during recruitment processes for directors and other employees of public enterprises like the ski resort.
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Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
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