AG staff feared backlash against Lorraine Finlay’s ‘captain selection’

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The fears of Michaelia Cash’s bureaucrats were not unfounded: Lorraine Finlay’s appointment caused a stink—because the job wasn’t advertised.

Human rights commissioner Lorraine Finlay (Image: Murdoch University)

Bureaucrats in Attorney General Michaelia Cash’s department privately expressed their concerns about the former Liberal candidate in early May. Appointment of Lorraine Finlay as human rights commissionerConcerned that the lack of a transparent election process that took place in September will attract public criticism.

Finlay, a Murdoch University law lecturer and trafficking expert with deep ties to the Liberal Party of Western Australia, is starting a high-profile role with the Australian Human Rights Commission later this month.

in a series of internal emails obtained by cricket Within the scope of freedom of information, department officials admitted that “an ad-free appointment process would be the subject of public criticism”.

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