Not having an open cheque book is a real annoyance – as the Australian Human Rights Commission has just discovered.
Tim Wilson’s appointment as human rights commissioner could lead to cuts to a program on school bullying as the Australian Human Rights Commission accommodates his six-figure salary without any extra funding from the government.
The incoming human rights commissioner, who is due to take up his position in February, will be paid about $320,000 – a sum equal to that of his fellow commissioners, though less than the commission’s president, Gillian Triggs.
On Sunday, Professor Triggs said Mr Wilson’s salary would have to come out of the commission’s annual budget of about $25 million.
”This really does squeeze the commission,” she said.
Somehow the article seems to place the blame on Tim Wilson – like it is Tim’s problem that he has been appointed to a job of work and the employing organisation has the find the salary to pay him.
Here is the problem – the AHRC doesn’t generate any income at all and survives only due to an appropriation from government. So there is no incentive to budget wisely. The Commission has already spent the money that would have and should have provided for Tim’s salary.