The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance (ATA), a 75,000+ member grassroots advocacy group representing Australia’s taxpayers, today expressed disappointment at the appointment of a large number of Liberal party-linked figures to the taxpayer-funded Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) by Christian Porter MP.
“Hardworking Australian taxpayers deserve better than to see so many political figures, donors, former MPs and staffers appointed to lucrative roles on a tribunal tasked with reviewing government decisions.” Said Satya Marar, ATA Director of Policy.
“It makes no difference whether it’s Labor or the Liberals doing it. Given the impact of the AAT’s decisions on the lives of Australians every day, its independence from political partisanship must be preserved.
“We commend Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus’s commitment to a transparent, merits-based policy on judicial appointments and urge the Morrison government to adopt the same.”