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UK agent general denies $800,000 salary package request to Barilaro inquiry

Summary

The UK agent general denied asking for an $800,000 salary package during negotiations for his role as senior trade and investment commissioner to the Americas. He justified his salary package of $600,000 to the NSW upper house inquiry on Wednesday morning, saying he did not expect to be paid that much in public service. Cartwright said he was asked by deputy premier John Barilaro what he had been on in his previous roles and Barilaro told him the base would most likely be in the “low fives”. According to the UK agent-general, there was a lot of back and forth over the course of several weeks between himself, Investment NSW public servant Jenny West, and public sector recruiter Marianne Broadbent over his salary package. The negotiations ended, according to Cartwright, when Cartwright agreed to a package “as a favour” to West of $487,000 with a $113,000 allowance in order to avoid going to the remuneration tribunal.

Q&As

What is the UK agent general's salary package?
The UK agent general's salary package is $600,000.

What is the UK agent general's role?
The UK agent general's role is to help NSW as we embark on a new era of investment in a pandemic-resilient world.

What is the inquiry into John Barilaro's appointment?
The inquiry into John Barilaro's appointment is to determine whether or not he was the most qualified candidate for the job.

Who was considered for the UK agent general job?
Paul Webster was considered for the UK agent general job before being sidelined.

Why was Stephen Cartwright offered the job?
Stephen Cartwright was offered the job because he was the most qualified candidate for the role.

AI Comments

👍 This is a great article that provides a detailed account of the events that transpired. It is clear that Stephen Cartwright is a highly qualified individual with a lot of experience in the private sector.

👎 It is disappointing that Stephen Cartwright was not more forthcoming about his salary package during the negotiations. It is also concerning that he was only willing to accept the job “as a favour” to Jenny West.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about the UK agent general denying an $800,000 salary package request to Barilaro inquiry.

Friend: Wow. I had no idea that someone in the public sector could make that much money.

Me: Yeah, it seems like a lot. But I guess if you compare it to the private sector, it's not that bad.

Friend: Still, it's a lot of money. I wonder if the public sector is overpaid compared to the private sector.

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Technical terms

UK agent general
the UK's representative to the government of New South Wales, Australia
$800,000 salary package
the total amount of money that Cartwright would have been paid if he had accepted the role of STIC Americas
Band 4 level
the level of salary that is typically paid to a NSW secretary
$600,000 salary package
the total amount of money that Cartwright is actually being paid for his role as UK agent general
$499,251-$576,700
the range of salaries typically paid to a NSW secretary at Band 4 level
$113,000 allowance
an additional amount of money that Cartwright is being paid on top of his salary, for a total of $713,000
remuneration tribunal
a body that sets the salaries of public servants in New South Wales, Australia
private sector
businesses that are not owned or operated by the government
public sector
businesses that are owned or operated by the government

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