From the state that brought you John McTernan, thinker in residence - the $300K part time chief innovation adviser
There's Mr Hajdu proclaiming the discovery of Adelaide and Jay Weatherill by Al Gore. Like it's a good thing.
What is wrong with the Liberal Party that causes their people to tolerate nonsense like this?
From The Australian today.
Innovation adviser’s $300,000 mystery job
The performance of a Canadian entrepreneur hand-picked by former premier Jay Weatherill for a $300,000-a-year part-time job as South Australia’s “chief adviser on innovation” is hard to measure, the new Liberal government says.
Tom Hajdu, who moved to the state in 2015 on a federal distinguished-talent visa, was appointed by Labor last June without the post being advertised.
He was given a three-year contract “to disrupt our innovation system — to introduce new ideas and new ways of thinking”.
Industry Minister David Pisoni met Dr Hajdu last week but would not say whether he wanted the contract reviewed, and this was a matter for the department chief executive.
“Employment contracts are matters for the (department) chief executive,” Mr Pisoni said.
Neither Mr Pisoni nor a Labor spokesman could list Dr Hajdu’s key performance indicators.
A Department of Industry and Skills spokeswoman said the contract’s terms were not publicly available.
Dr Hajdu’s role is similar to Queensland’s “chief entrepreneur”, held by Shark Tank judge Steve Baxter.
Like his predecessor Mark Sowerby, Mr Baxter’s 12-month term is unpaid and centres on promoting entrepreneurship and investment in Queensland.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has promised to appoint a chief entrepreneur to lead the establishment and management of a $27.5 million entrepreneurs’ hub on the old Royal Adelaide Hospital site.
Mr Marshall’s office did not respond when asked whether this role would be separate to Dr Hajdu’s.
Dr Hajdu holds a PhD from Princeton University and co-founded music production company Tomandandy in 1990.
A digital entrepreneur and director of Adelaide University’s Institute for Contemporary Music and Media, Dr Hajdu was lauded by Labor before his appointment for helping establish GigCity Adelaide, which delivers ultra-fast internet to innovation hubs.
Dr Hajdu declined to say whether taxpayers were getting value for money from his work: “I welcome the new government’s vision to establish a higher rate of business start-ups in this state than anywhere else in Australia.
“It’s this vision that will help turn our great ideas into the businesses and jobs of the future.”
Here's Mr Hajdu in action in Sydney a couple of years ago.
I got to 4.20
And this is the great guru talking about Adelaide's revolution.