ALP under attack after awarding $160k job without resume

State Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk in Gladstone.
State Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk in Gladstone. Brenda Strong

GHOSTS from Labor government's past have come back to haunt the Palaszczuk government, with the appointment of a former Bligh government staffer to a $160,000 Health Department job put under the spotlight.

The Opposition came armed to question time with right-to-information documents which they said showed Robert Hoge, a former staffer for Bligh government minister Paul Lucas and the department of Main Roads, had been offered a job by a former colleague without going through the Palaszczuk government mandated "merit-based" application process.

The document, an email sent to Mr Hoge, revealed he had submitted his resume after he had already been awarded the job.

"Will the Premier explain how this Labor political hack was able to be offered a departmental $160,000 a year job and a start date before he had even submitted a CV?" Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg asked.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk defended the move, saying she had been informed Mr Hoge was not a permanent staffer and would still be subjected to the merit-based application process, before turning the attack back on the LNP over appointments it made under the Newman government.

Brisbane Times

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