Robodebt-embroiled public servant Kathryn Campbell quits

The senior public servant who oversaw the illegal Robodebt scheme has stop her new function, the Division of Defence has confirmed.

Kathryn Campbell, who was beforehand the secretary of human companies and later the international affairs division, resigned from her advisory function at Defence, the division stated in an announcement late on Monday afternoon.

Ms Campbell’s resignation was efficient from final Friday.

Defence stated it could present no additional feedback.

Ms Campbell had been suspended from her Defence function since July 10, three days after the royal fee report was tabled.

Ms Campbell was made an adviser on the AUKUS safety partnership in June 2022, with a wage of $900,000 a 12 months.

Greens senator Barbara Pocock stated final week that correct course of didn’t seem to have been adopted when Ms Campbell was transferred from International Affairs to Defence.

“She was given a golden parachute throughout right into a job paid over $900,000 and it seems prefer it was all constructed backwards,” Senator Pocock instructed Sky Information.

“Right here’s an issue particular person, we’ve to get them out of the best way, how can we create a job and the way can we protect their wage?

“It’s not the best way issues ought to work within the public sector, it’s not correct administration of taxpayer {dollars} and I believe Australians count on higher.”

Ms Campbell was singled out within the royal fee report into Robodebt.

The fee discovered the previous secretary gave deceptive proof to cupboard about Robodebt however stayed silent as a result of then-minister Scott Morrison wished to pursue it and the federal government wouldn’t have the ability to obtain funds financial savings with out it.

Whereas the fee stated she was “more likely to mislead as a result of it contained no reference to earnings averaging or the necessity for legislative change”, Ms Campbell stated it was an “oversight”.

Nevertheless, the fee stated such claims have been extraordinary for somebody of her expertise.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese confirmed the choice to droop Ms Campbell was made by the Division of Prime Minister and Cupboard and “acceptable our bodies”.

Mr Albanese stated the royal fee recognized failings inside the public service and there was a necessity to reply.

“Most individuals who take a look on the human tragedy that was attributable to robodebt and the findings of the royal fee are very, very clear about failings by the Morrison authorities and certainly going again to when Scott Morrison was the minister,” he instructed ABC Radio on Thursday.

Mr Albanese didn’t say if the suspension can be everlasting.

He stated the federal government would reply in an acceptable approach to the findings of the royal fee, which have been “extra damning than anybody was anticipating”.

-with AAP



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