Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Paying the Piper? Some Questionable Public Sector Resignations

8. Paying the Piper? Some Questionable Public Sector Resignationsand `Career Moves.

Under the Passenger Transport Act 1990, regulations enacted thereunder, and the so-called "Code of Conduct" (?), certain illegal practices have been adopted, tolerated and even encouraged within the industry in order to harass and intimidate both non-owning taxi drivers and single operator taxi owners. A disturbing aspect here is that some key personnel, responsible for drafting, designing and ultimately approving amendments/regulations to the PassengerTransport Act 1990 ( PTA/90), resigned from either the Ministry of Transport or its Department.

Many of these individuals subsequently became either taxi plate holders and/or accepted employment with the NSW "Taxi Council" orwith one of its affiliated "Taxi Co-operatives". In short, key public servants have apparently left the public sector to work for the private sector in a way that appears to contravene the ethical standards governing public sector resignations prior to industry consultancies or appointments. The extent of ministerial knowledge orconcern with this questionable, and perhaps devious, practice is for you, the ICAC, to determine. I have evidence to present on these machinations and "career" shifts.

Source: Sydney Taxi Corruption

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