Taxpayers are paying failed Labor candidate Mike Bailey $12,500 a month to provide “strategic advice” to State Government minister Tony Kelly.
Mr Bailey, a weatherman also employed to read weekend weather on Channel Nine, was handed the four-day-a-week, taxpayer-funded job after he failed to beat Joe Hockey in the seat of North Sydney at last November’s federal election.
Shortly after the election, Bailey campaigner Kirk McKenzie wrote:
Perhaps you think [Bailey] was on a promise. Nope – and the Federal ALP was not even promising to fund his campaign. He was to rely for funds on the Party’s local branch and the support of his friend, Tony Kelly, Labor’s NSW Minister for Lands …
What will Bailey get out of this? Probably nothing – except great respect for his commitment, and hundreds of new friends.
And $750 every working day. For advice.