Opposition Questions CIT Chair Appointment


The Opposition is questioning the appointment of Former Labor Senator Kate Lundy to the position of Chair of CIT from next month.

Skills Minister Chris Steel signed off on the appointment last year, despite the current Deputy Chair being on the board when controversial contracts were given out.

Opposition Leader Elizabeth Lee says we’re still no closer to getting any answers.

“The Deputy Chair was on the board when it responded to the Minister’s concerns with reassurances
that the contracts represented value for money,” Ms Lee said.

The Deputy Chair was on the board when the latest contract for $4,999,990 was signed in March
this year.

“Since this issue was brought to light, the Minister has attempted to evade scrutiny by saying he is at
arm’s length from CIT but we know that is not the case.

“The Act clearly states CIT must comply with any direction of the minister. In fact, he used those
powers over a year ago to promote the Deputy Chair to Chair of the Board from 1 July 2022.

“With this appointment being made on 17 May 2021, over a year ago, the Minister’s claims last
week that he is taking strong action including refreshing the board is simply not true.

“In responding to the CIT board last week, the Minister said he was underwhelmed with their
response to his questions, but it is the Canberra public that are rightfully underwhelmed with the
Minister’s response and lack of accountability regarding these contracts.

“Over two weeks since this issue was brought to light there are still many questions to be answered
by the Minister, Chief Minister and CIT Board,” Ms Lee concluded.

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