Crony governments and industry…federal and state

Sinclair Davidson: I have an op-ed in The Australian (zero-price registration required) talking about Ken Henry’s joint appointments in both the public sector and private sector.

… close relations between government and business have the potential to quickly degenerate into crony capitalism or corporatism, which is why the principle of separation has existed. It is always easier to define and explain the profit motive than the public interest. A lack of separation between business and government has the potential to lead to government providing special privilege to business.

Premier Barnett is much worse, with several crony appointments with Woodside and family members, with the latest being a forming mining executive to the EPA.

Opposition alarm on new EPA board member

FLIP PRIOR, The West Australian October 25, 2011, 10:50 am
 The newest Environmental Protection Authority board member hand-picked by Environment Minister Bill Marmion was the executive director of the controversial Browse LNG project for the Department of State Development until earlier this year.

Elizabeth Carr was appointed the DSD’s director of the Browse project on September 15, 2009 – a role which lasted until February 28.

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