He’s the latest recruit by the country’s big four accounting outfits, whose appetite seems unchanged despite the opprobrium directed at EY after they hired former defence minister Christopher Pyne.
While former Australian Workers’ Union national secretary Paul Howes and NSW Labor organiser Dave Latham gave rival KPMG some serious firepower, Rae’s appointment shows that PwC is serious about ensuring it’s got its own quota of political heavies inside the business.
Rae will find himself in good company. Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas’ chief-of-staff Alison Currie joined as a partner shortly after the November state election.
Her office mate and Andrews’ government veteran Felix Moon joined in the same month as an associate director in the firm’s infrastructure division.
Before jumping ship, he was a principal adviser to Pallas.