THERESE Rein, the entrepreneurial wife of Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd, has put the case for continuing at the helm of her multimillion-dollar company, which runs job placement programs for the Federal Government, if her husband becomes prime minister.
Ms Rein’s company, Ingeus, has lucrative contracts with the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations worth about $58 million a year and global revenues topping $170 million.
For Ms Rein it’s about giving people a fair go. It’s also why she was pained when Ingeus was recently accused of overcharging on its government contracts. In fact, the company’s own probity checks had picked up irregularities by a single worker who may yet face criminal charges. More than $300,000 was repaid to the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations which, in turn, has given Ingeus a clean bill of health and dismissed a report that the company was being audited.
Ms Rein has joined a list of Australia’s 10 most powerful women. She joins the likes of Nicole Kidman and federal Communications Minister Helen Coonan in the poll.
Women considered for the list, which appears in the Australian Women Weekly’s May issue, may be rich but it is their level of influence that gets them into the top 10.
I guess that’s what happens when you’re likely to be the next first lady, next to the Prime Minister of Australia.