Monday, 26 October 2020
Questions without Notice
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
() (): [by video link] My question is to the Prime Minister. If the test 'if you're good at your job, you'll get a job' applied to these 70 Liberal mates appointed to Administrative Appeals Tribunal jobs that pay up to $496,000, including former Liberal senator Gary Humphries, Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic, Liberal senator Helen Kroger, Nationals MP De-Anne Kelly, Liberal MP Karen McNamara, Liberal senator Grant Chapman, Liberal senator Stephen Parry—
Thank you, Mr Speaker. I thank the member for the sort of question. With respect to the AAT, of course the purpose of the AAT is that its members, part-time and full-time—often lawyers but not always—are meant to have people from a wide variety of speciality skills, including engineers, people with medical experience, people with administrative experience. There has been a long history of members and former members of this parliament who have sat on the AAT from both sides of politics, and that list is equally as long from the other side of politics. The purpose of having people who have had political experience, both in state parliaments and in federal parliaments, is that they are well versed in administrative law and well placed to make decisions on those matters.