$400,000 salary for lotto boss raises serious questions - ACT
Sunday 29th Aug 1999
Media Release -- Governance & Constitution
29 August 1999
Hon Simon Upton
Minister of State Services
Dear Hon Simon Upton
The revelation that State Services boss Michael Wintringham didn't blow the whistle on Lotteries boss David Bale's
$400,000 plus salary package raises serious questions about who guards the guardians.
Michael Wintringham has already said that he considers Mr Bale's pay excessive (that's something I suppose) but what has
he done about it? His job is to keep an eye on state sector bosses' performance and pay. Last year it's reported that Mr
Wintringham was unable to get details of Mr Bale's employment terms and conditions. What does that say about Mr
Wintringham's performance? This year he again had difficulty and when it did get it he expressed concern. Expressed
concern? This is taxpayers' money, Minister.
That the boss of the Lotteries Commission can secure a $400,000 plus package against the wishes of the State Services
Commissioner suggests the system of accountability operating for pay and conditions for state sector bosses is badly
I would like to know when it was you were informed of what Mr Bale's salary was. I would also like to know what was the
process by which David Bale's salary package was determined and decided upon. I would like to know what Michael
Wintringham's role in determining his package was and what it should be. I would also like to know whether you believe
Mr Wintringham has acted appropriately in the matter of David Bale's salary package.
I would like to know too whether you believe Mr Bale's salary is justified, and if not, what you intend to do about it.
Rodney Hide MP ACT FINANCE SPOKESMAN
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