The Palaszczuk Government threw Queensland's ministerial code of conduct out the window when it hired a GetUp! activist to work on its re-election campaign last year, the LNP said today.
GetUp! political director Josh Genner was hired as a 'temporary advisor' on a six-figure salary by the Palaszczuk Labor Government on October 30 2017 – a day after Labor called the state election.
The Sydney-based activist left the government on November 24, one day before polling day.
The ministerial staff code of conduct, drawn up following the Fitzgerald Report, bans staff from being employed for 'party political purposes' such as campaigning (see excerpt below).
"This is one the most blatant breaches of the code of conduct I've ever seen," LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said.
"Labor broke the rules to put a far-left activist on their campaign team and then got Queenslanders to pay his wages.
"This shows the arrogance of a government that believes it doesn't have to obey the rules.
"Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor need to refund taxpayers the cost of hiring this FIFO activist.
"It is a complete failure of Annastacia Palaszczuk's leadership to buck pass to Jackie Trad whose office warehoused this activist.
"Portfolio responsibility for Ministerial staff rests squarely with Annastacia Palaszczuk, she needs to accept responsibility for this blatant breach.
"The Premier can't continue to shirk her responsibility and hide from these failures of her Government."
GetUp! claims it is a 'progressive' and 'independent movement' and not aligned to any party.
"How can GetUp! claim to be independent when its political director can stroll into a job on Labor's campaign team?" Ms Frecklington said.
"GetUp! is conning Queenslanders about its real agenda."
All ministerial staff are appointed at the direction of the Premier. It is not known which minister Mr Genner worked for.
From the Ministerial Staff Code of Conduct: