Memoir of London agent general ‘massaged’ before appointment, emails to NSW parliament reveal
The NSW Opposition describes new emails surrounding the recruitment of UK Constable General Stephen Cartwright as ‘disturbing’, saying they raise serious questions about the nomination process for the job.
- Emails in UK General Agent Recruitment Process Passed to Upper House
- The opposition said they used ‘manipulation in the process in order to achieve a preferred outcome’
- A report on the appointment of John Barilaro to a lucrative commercial position is expected to be released today
The emails, which were provided to the NSW upper house, show that recruitment firm NGS Global told an Investment NSW human resources manager in April last year that Mr. Cartwright needed to be “massaged”.
“We would need to massage the candidate file for Stephen because there was a difference [sic] this panel identified between the NGS brief and the panel view,” NGS Global Managing Partner Marianne Broadbent wrote in the email to Investment NSW HR Business Partner Evelina Polura.
In an email later that afternoon, Ms Polura asked Dr Broadbent if Mr Cartwright had met with the Treasurer, Deputy Prime Minister or Prime Minister.
“I understand that of these three approvers, at least one may not require a meeting as Stephen is known to them,” she wrote.
The revelation comes a week after a New South Wales parliamentary inquiry heard that Mr Cartwright was a ‘late entrant’ in the hiring process for the job, after another preferred candidate was considered as “unacceptable”.
The inquiry, which is investigating the appointment of former Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro to a plum trading post in New York, has already heard that former bureaucrat Jenny West was verbally offered the job before it is cancelled.
Shadow Treasurer Daniel Mookhey said the new emails were “disturbing”.
“Time and time again these documents show that there was manipulation in the process in order to achieve a preferred government outcome,” he said.
“A successful person is found, that person is considered a preferred candidate and then set aside for someone else.
“The process is then manipulated to retrospectively justify the decision to give it to the government’s preferred candidate.”
Investment NSW chief executive Amy Brown told the inquiry last week that Mr Cartwright wanted an ‘unrealistic’ salary of $800,000 a year for the job.
Ms Brown said she had to negotiate the figure down.
An internal review of the Barilaro saga is expected to be released today.
The review by former NSW Civil Service Commissioner Graeme Head was announced by Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet in June and is separate from the parliamentary inquiry into the appointment.
The review has already led to the resignation of Stuart Ayres from the Cabinet and as leader of the NSW Liberal Party after he “raised concerns” about his conduct surrounding the appointment.