“This outrageous plan by the federal government to rent 22 extra spin docs will value taxpayers greater than $2.7 million,” he mentioned.
“That cash would supply $10,000 grants to 270 struggling small companies owned by mums and dads.
“It will rent 18 extra cops, 18 extra nurses. It’s crystal clear that the Premier is utilizing hundreds of thousands of of taxpayers’ cash to fund a military of spin docs for his re-election. It’s an absolute shame.”
As a part of the recruitment drive, the federal government would rent a administration staff, a strategic communications staff, a content material staff (together with writing media releases and social media posts), a campaigns staff, a digital staff (to develop social media campaigns) and an workplace administration staff.
Documentation launched on the WA authorities’s jobs web site reveals positions akin to “stakeholder engagement supervisor”, “strategic communications supervisor”, “supervisor campaigns” and “web site expertise and content material coordinator” will likely be recruited.
Based on the doc, the federal government will recruit 22 new workers in complete, together with administrative workers.
Mr McGowan mentioned the unit can be in place to “be certain that we’ve a staff able to be stood up if we have to, ought to COVID come again”.
“I do know there’s some warmth and fury on the radio about it, however principally the recommendation I’ve is it is current public servants being out there ought to we’d like them,” he mentioned.
Mr Sibma mentioned the general public wanted the details about the pandemic six months in the past.
“Western Australia has report out-of-control violent crime, report ambulance ramping in our hospitals and hundreds of small companies on their knees due to COVID,” he mentioned.
“However the Premier chooses to disregard police, the well being system and small companies when they’re all at disaster level to make use of 22 extra spin docs for his re-election marketing campaign.”
A spokesman from the Premier’s workplace mentioned the positions had been in place all through the pandemic and the unit itself was not new.
“It’s made up of current public servants, who’re introduced in from varied businesses to offer communications throughout authorities and throughout the neighborhood throughout the state of emergency,” he mentioned.
“Common, well timed and up-to-date data all through the state of emergency is essential to make sure the general public is stored knowledgeable of what’s taking place and the consistently altering guidelines and restrictions. The calls for for this have been immense.”
The Premier’s workplace mentioned the pandemic wasn’t going away anytime quickly and public servants working within the unit “inevitably must return to their unique businesses, to return to their regular work”.
“Due to this fact this pool of potential workers has been established and might be drawn upon when any vacancies come up. I perceive solely a few positions are wanted in the meanwhile, however potential workers within the pool will likely be out there as crucial. Individuals within the pool are usually not employed,” the spokesman mentioned.
“Additionally, I’ll simply say that these folks working in these positions have been doing an unbelievable job, working across the clock, in extraordinarily tough circumstances.”
Mr McGowan’s workplace employs six communications workers, together with media advisers, a digital and social media adviser and a digital engagement adviser. There are additionally 16 media advisers employed by the division working in ministerial places of work.
Division of the Premier and Cupboard director basic Rebecca Brown mentioned the pool was being established to organize for an emergency and preserve crucial sources ought to workers return to their house businesses.
She mentioned “establishing the pool” didn’t require additional funding.
“At this stage, there are solely two or three fast vacancies,” Ms Brown mentioned.
“This staff studies to the director basic of the Division of the Premier and Cupboard. The staff works intently with State Emergency Public Info Coordinator (WA Police Pressure) and the Division of Well being.”
Nathan is WAtoday’s political reporter and the winner of the 2019 Arthur Lovekin Prize for Excellence in Journalism.