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Politics pays: Tony Nutt scores new public sector roles

The Turnbull government has appointed its long-time political adviser, Tony Nutt, to two part-time public sector roles with a remuneration in the order of $342,000 over the three-year appointments.

The more lucrative role is the appointment of non-executive director on the Australia Post Board.

The other role is the appointment as a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia.

Nutt resigned just shy of 12 months ago as federal director of the Liberal Party, capping 39 years working for the party in various roles. He was principal adviser to former prime minister John Howard, chief of staff to the former attorney‑general Daryl Williams, and principal adviser to the former Victorian premier Ted Baillieu.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said Nutt’s “will bring a depth of knowledge and a range of skills to the Board including public policy and budget expertise, strategy development and implementation, and stakeholder relations”.

The announcements were made by Fifield’s office on Friday afternoon, before a long weekend for many Australians.

While Fifield has appointed former party employees to public sector boards before — notably LNP’s Bruce McIver — he has a long way to go to catch up to the record number of public sector appointments for former politicians, party employees and failed candidates made by former attorney-general George Brandis to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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