Nationals Minister Appoints Former Nationals Minister To Replace Former Nationals Minister On Tourism Board
In a classic case of ‘jobs for mates’, National Party Tourism Minister Adam Marshall has announced the appointment of former National Party Minister George Souris to the Board of Destination NSW – replacing former National Party Minister Wendy Machin in the role, who was in turn appointed by Mr Souris in 2011.
The NSW Opposition has lashed the appointment for the appearance it brings of an ongoing culture of nepotism, especially given Mr Souris was appointed by the Government just four months ago to another board, at Racing NSW.
Rather than have a murky merry-go-round of National Party Ministers, Mr Marshall could have turned to a range of experienced regional tourism operators or well-regarded industry experts to fill the role. Instead he gave the job to a mate.
Tourism in regional NSW is a crucial industry and an economic powerhouse for many communities, and it deserves the best and brightest to support and grow the industry, not an ex-politician on a gold-paved road to retirement.
The appointment also raises deeper questions about the culture of the tourism body. Mr Marshsall recently tried to have the current CEO of Destination NSW Sandra Chipchase sacked from the role but was rolled by the Premier. Ms Chipchase was appointed to the role by Mr Souris.