Shane Jones' new job raises questions
Shane Jones' new job raises Ministerial interference
The Public Service Association says the
announcement that Labour MP Shane Jones is to move to a new
‘ambassador-level’ role created by Foreign Affairs
Minister Murray McCully raises questions about the
politicisation of the public service.
Brenda Pilott, PSA
National Secretary, said “The neutrality of our public
service is harmed by appointments made, and jobs created,
for political reasons.”
“Was MFAT Chief Executive John
Allen involved in the development of this role, or was it
created on the whim of the Minister?
involvement in operational matters harms the core principles
of our public service.
“MFAT staff have a right to feel
aggrieved when politicians are appointed over the top of
them into ambassadorial roles.
“Hard working MFAT staff
deserve career progression, not being left behind while
Ministers play politics,” said Brenda
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
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