The Transport Workers’ Union of Queensland wish to thank former Director-General for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Michael Caltabiano, for his services to Queensland and the State’s transport industry.

“The Transport Workers’ Union wish Mr Caltabiano every luck and we hope he enjoys every cent of his hundreds of thousands of tax-payer dollars he earned for his contribution to the future of this great state,” TWU Queensland State Secretary Peter Biagini said.

“Friday is Mr Caltabiano’s last day as the Transport DG, despite not working a day in almost six months.”

“He has been paid more since being stood down than he has for working.”

“But that’s a Newman mate for you.”

“Caltabiano was Newman’s first appointment, it was the first decision he made as the Queensland Leader,” Mr Biagini said.

“If this situation had of occurred under the previous government, Newman, Seeney and Nicholls would be screaming from the rooftops.”

“How can we live under this Newman government, who are happy to slash jobs and cut funding, yet waste hundreds of thousands of dollars on a mate who clearly has no regard for the ethical obligations his government is meant to adhere to?”

“So we thank you, Mr Caltabiano, for all the great work you did contributing to Queensland’s future.”

The Transport Workers’ Union do welcome acting Director-General Neil Scales to the post, recognising his knowledge and experiences gained from his time in the UK transport industry.

“We would like congratulate Mr Scale and sit down with him as he settles into the role to discuss his future for Queensland’s transport industries,” Mr Biagini said.

“Together we can work toward a better and safer transport industry for Queenslanders.”

The TWU have sent Mr Caltabiano a card and a box of Cadbury Roses to thank him very, very, very, very, very much for his services, and wishing him all the best as he enters unemployment on Friday 15 March 2013.


Mick O’Brien – 0411 875 910


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