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B.C.’s spending watchdog leaving for Australian job

John Doyle, Auditor-General of British Columbia.

Embattled B.C. Auditor-General John Doyle hasn't officially replied to B.C.'s offer to extend his term for another two years – instead, he's letting the premier of the Australian state of Victoria do the talking for him.

Premier Ted Baillieu has issued a release confirming Doyle has accepted an offer to become the auditor-general in that southeastern Australian state.

Baillieu says he is very pleased at Doyle's decision, noting the former deputy auditor-general of Western Australia, and B.C.'s auditor-general since 2007, is well qualified for the job.

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Doyle's six-year term in B.C. expires later this year and an all-party legislative committee caused a furor last month when it decided not to reappoint him for a second term.

It revised its decision and offered Doyle a further two-year posting after public outcry prompted Premier Christy Clark to pledge amended legislation holding auditors general to a single eight-year term.

Doyle's tenure has been marked by fierce criticism of B.C. government spending policies.

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