Premier defends bureaucrat's $160k Commonwealth Games payout

premier defends bureaucrat's $160k commonwealth games payout

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The Victorian Premier has defended a payment given to former Commonwealth Games boss Jeroen Weimar, despite the event being cancelled.

After just ten months in the position, Weimar is believed to have received a $160,000 payout for his role as Commonwealth Games chief.

The Victorian bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games was accepted by the federation in August 2022, but was subsequently cancelled in July 2023 by the state government.

Weimar was one of a number of staff members to secure a termination package, according to evidence before the Victorian parliamentary inquiry which has been probing the cancelled event.

Asked if the terminational payout was appropriate, Premier Jacinta Allan argued pay and conditions for senior public servants are set by an independent remuneration tribunal.

“This is exactly the sort of person we want working in setting up roles in the Victorian public service,” she said.

It comes amid criticisms over Weimar’s new six-month role to lead housing policy in the Department of Premier and Cabinet earning a reported $533,000.

premier defends bureaucrat's $160k commonwealth games payout

Victorian Premier Jacinta Allan today defended the payout.

Weimer became known for heading Victoria’s COVID-19 response during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

Opposition leader John Pesutto claimed the payout and Weimar’s new half-a-million dollar wage was a kick in the guts for struggling Victorians.

“This will outrage Victorians who are facing a cost of living crisis,” Pesutto said.

“The reason Jeroen Weimar has the job he has right now is because Jacinta Allan looked after her favourite.”

Taxpayers were hit with more than $11m to pay Victorian Commonwealth Games staff, not accounting for exit packages.

The 12-day event was cancelled amid claims of a cost blowout from $2.6 billion to almost $7 billion.

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