By Peter Martin, March 23, 2014
A questionable salary: Senator Arthur Sinodinos was paid $200,000 for a part-time job with Australian Water Holdings.
Of all the strange things to have flowed from the corruption inquiry
engulfing the former assistant treasurer, few are stranger than his use
of the word ''passionate''. Arthur Sinodinos says Australian Water
Holdings is a ''company whose mission I believed in and was passionate
Passionate? Australian Water Holdings built pipes, tanks and pumps for Sydney Water that it could have built itself.
It's easy to imagine getting passionate about such a mission
if it was the only means of getting pipes, tanks and pumps to Sydney's
north-west. Or if AWH could do it more cheaply than Sydney Water itself.
Both are claimed by spruikers of public-private partnerships. In fact they are often asserted as universal truths.