The recently appointed NBN Co government relations officer, Mike Kaiser, will receive a salary of $450,000 per year according to a document tabled in parliament yesterday.
However, the appointment of Kaiser led shadow Communications Minister, Senator Nick Minchin, to suggest the company responsible for rolling out the National Broadband Network (NBN) was a “dumping ground” for Labor supporters and ex-party staffers.
The document containing Kaiser's salary, tabled by Senator Joe Ludwig, states the appointment decision was made by NBN Co and is consistent with its remuneration practices.
When announcing Kaiser's appointment NBN Co executive chairman, Mike Quigley said in a statement his background would help engagement with all levels of government.
“A key early focus for Mr Kaiser will be identifying opportunities for various utility operators across Australia to participate with NBN Co in the rollout of our network,” Quigley said in the statement.
“Mr Kaiser’s understanding of these operations, their infrastructure and their service delivery approaches makes him a valuable addition to the NBN team.”