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The Tasmanian Premier, Lara Giddings, has defended the move to appoint the head of the new corporation set up to manage the Hobart rail yards redevelopment without advertising the position.
A former deputy secretary of the Economic Development Department, Elizabeth Jack, has been appointed the chief executive of the Hobart Waterfront Development Corporation.
State Cabinet made the appointment last week. The newly-created position was not advertised.
Ms Giddings says Ms Jack has been working on the project for some time and there was no need to advertise the position.
"Essentially because it's a role she has been undertaking in her role as deputy secretary and it just seemed to be a very good decision to be able to make...putting somebody into that role that has all the expertise and knowledge and has been working on these issues for quite some time," she said.
The State Opposition says the new corporation can not be regarded as independent when its chief executive has been transferred across from a government department.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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