Good civic leadership is about living the standard you set for those around you.
It’s about integrity. Putting community before self-interest or gain.
And while Labor is renowned for its ‘jobs for mates’ approach, the Townsville apparatchik have really outdone themselves recently.
Townsville MP Scott Stewart let the cat out of the bag when he told the Parliament:
“I also thank Tony Mooney who worked with me just about every day on my campaign.”
Scott Stewart- Address in Reply- Queensland Parliament- 1st May 2018
Tony Mooney is the current Chair of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service. He is paid $110,000 in taxpayer funds every year for the privilege.
It is a trusted role in our community which should be, and has been, above politics.
As the employer of the region’s largest public service work force, it is imperative that the organisation remains a-political.
As Chair of the Board, Tony Mooney should not have been anywhere near a Labor Party election campaign. Regardless of his well-known political orientation, he has directly breached the values he sets for the more than 6-thousand staff who work at the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.
I do not for a second believe taxpayers in Townsville would agree to the Chair of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service being paid a six figure sum to be a campaigner for the Labor Party.
There is a clear conflict of interest which, in my view, Tony Mooney has failed to manage to an acceptable standard. His actions have not been open, transparent or ethical.
The Townsville Hospital and Health Service Annual Report 2016-17 clearly states among its values:
- Being open and transparent in dealing with our community
- Being honest, just, reasonable and ethical
- Having the courage to act ethically in the face of opposition
Attributes which seem to have also been sorely missing in the most recent appointment to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service Board.
The appointment of Labor’s Shayne Sutton made its way quietly into the Government Gazette recently. Ms Sutton only retired from her role as a Brisbane City Councillor in October 2017. She has lived in Townsville for six months at most.
There has been no transparency around this appointment or why it was made. Why was Ms Sutton appointed over those with local knowledge and understanding? It’s an absolute slap in the face to our region.
Interestingly, her tenure is for the unusually short term of one year. One would have to assume it is to provide Ms Sutton with a soft landing before she has a tilt at local politics.
The Townsville Hospital and Health Service should not be manipulated as another vehicle for the Labor Party to peddle its political agenda.
The people of North Queensland deserve so much better.