Julia Gillard attacked Julie Bishop over Harvard - would you pls check this Harvard qual for taxpayers?
Bishop brickbat, Costello bouquet
Julia Gillard's best friend Robyn McLeod was appointed Water Commissioner for South Australia by the Mike Rann Labor Government in 2008. Ms McLeod's CV set out a number of claims that went to her suitability for the job - and South Australian taxpayers are said to have paid her about $300,000 per annum income for that expertise and skill.
The people of South Australia are entitled to know they got value for money from that appointment and that all of Ms McLeod's CV is correct, including these references:
Harvard University Alumni is a very specific group of people - people who have satisfactorily completed an academic course or other qualifying process at Harvard.
I have checked with academic sources today and we are unable to find any record of Ms McLeod as an alumni of the Harvard University.
Harvard University does not offer a course entitled "Senior Executive Fellows Program".
But the Kennedy School does - and it held one in 2006. Here are some details:
Designed to help promising senior officials prepare for promotion to Senior Executive Service. Focuses on OPM’s Executive Core Qualifications.
The Kennedy School has its own alumni network, but it's not Harvard, it's the Kennedy School.
Check Julie Bishop on Harvard's website you get a full page of results, dating right back to 2006 when Julie Bishop actually was at Harvard.
But enter Robyn McLeod and you get zip, nada, nothing.
Nothing on the local Harvard Alumni sites, nothing.
Just a claim written on a CV that got a job worth $300,000 per annum.