Penny Wong gives qualified defence of robodebt official’s $900,000 Aukus role

Penny Wong has given a qualified defence of a decision to appoint a public servant who held the top jobs at the two departments responsible for robodebt to a plum role as an adviser on Aukus.

The foreign minister told Senate estimates that the decision had been made before the royal commission began and evidence that has since come out went “beyond what [she] would’ve anticipated”.

Kathryn Campbell was given the $900,000-a-year job in June 2022, leaving her role as the head of the foreign affairs department.

She was in charge of the human services department from March 2011 to September…

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