Stephanie Foster now running PM&C

by | May 23, 2022 | Lobbyland

Stephanie Foster is to take over from Phillip Gaetjens as Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet while the announcement of a new secretary is to come.

Stephanie Foster, the deputy secretary of the department was caught winking in a Senate Estimates hearing in October last year.

Stephanie Foster winking in Senate Estimates

During questioning by Greens senator Larissa Waters over what Prime Minister and Cabinet officials knew of former attorney-general Christian Porter’s anonymous legal bill donor, a public servant glanced right and appeared to wink in the direction of a government minister Senator Birmingham.

Foster replaces Phillip Gaetjens for a time who has been widely criticised as being a political appointee, having served as Chief of Staff to then-Treasurer Peter Costello between 1997 to 2007.

Callum Foote is a journalist and Revolving Doors editor for Michael West Media. He has studied the impact of undue corporate influence over Australian policy decisions and the impact this has on popular interests.

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