Gutwein short on details over planning appointment

The Treasurer has confirmed the chair of the Planning Reform Process was appointed with no interviews, no process and no recommendations.


Labor Shadow Planning Minister, Lara Giddings, said the appointment of the $200,000 a year position was murky at best.


“Mr Gutwein was asked how many people were interviewed for the position, he failed to answer,” Ms Giddings said.


“Mr Gutwein was asked whether his Department made any recommendations on candidates, he failed to answer.


“Mr Gutwein was asked why the highly paid position wasn’t advertised, he failed to answer.


“In fact he made the appointment with no proper process at all.


“How can Tasmanians have any faith in planning reforms when the government has allowed the position of chair to become politically compromised through a lack of transparency and due process?”