The recently appointed Victorian government architect (VGA) was appointed by a committee of commercial interests who have now secured institutional work in Western Australia. Note that the current VGO was formerly the GA of WA. And the VGA position is only for 2 years.
The previous VGA managed to maintain his position in a commercial practice and at the same time acquire work from the state. In contrast political candidates are required to resign from their commercial positions in order to take up a political appointment, let alone access the public purse.
Of further note is that the recently appointed Queensland government architect was appointed by a selection committee that included the current VGA (aka former WAGA). The QGA position allegedly will become available in two years time. It is currently filled by an architect who has moved from private practice into the public sector - a shift towards NSW.
This leaves the NSWGA - who is a dedicated and (most telling) resourced public servant - with no commercial ties. An independent position within an enabling government department subject to probity probes but able to pursue an independent architectural agenda.
Has the integrity of the Government Architect fallen prey to the Conga Line?