Controversial ex-MP gets plush post on government board
JUST 12 months after resigning as a minister in a sexual harassment scandal, a former MP has been appointed to the board of a federal government corporation.
Jamie Briggs, who lost his seat in the 2016 general election, was appointed on Friday as a director for Moorebank Intermodal Company Limited.
The business was created by the Federal Government in 2012 to oversee the construction of the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal in Sydney.
The freight terminal is expected to reduce the amount of road transport on Australian highways by up to 3000 trucks and instead get freight onto trains.
Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann announced Mr Briggs' appointment in a short press release.
"Mr Briggs was a federal member of parliament from 2008 to 2016," the release said.
"During this period he served in a variety of roles including as minister in the Infrastructure and Regional Development portfolio.
"Mr Briggs' infrastructure experience is considered highly relevant to the Moorebank Intermodal project and the work of the Moorebank Intermodal Company Board."
However, Mr Briggs shot to fame when a public servant complained to his chief of staff that the MP told her she had "piercing eyes", had placed his arm around her and had kissed her on the neck during a dinner in Hong Kong in November 2015.
At the time, media reported Mr Briggs later disputed these details and told staff he had put his arm around the staffer for a photo and kissed her on the cheek to say goodnight.
He later controversially shared a photo of her online to show the 'informal' nature of the night and said nothing illegal had occurred.
But the time of his resignation, Mr Briggs told the public his behaviour did not meet the particularly high standards required of ministers.
He resigned from his role as Minister for Cities and the Built Environment on December 29, 2015.
Mr Briggs remained as a backbencher until the 2016 election.
His former staff member Rebekha Sharkie ran against him as a member of the Nick Xenophon team and won.
He since created his own corporate advisory firm, Devonshire Advisory.
The latest annual report released by Moorebank Intermodal Company in September shows its directors shared in remuneration worth $1,823,501 in 2016.
Mr Cormann's office has been approached for comment.