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“Glass House Gallagher” in timesheet trouble of her own?

By 23 March 2012 16

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Liberal Leader Zed Seselja’s efforts to distract from his timesheet woes have taken a spectacular new turn with Zed getting hold of a scathing audit report on the Chief Minister’s own staff management and timesheet issues:

In a major embarrassment for the Chief Minister, it has been revealed that Katy Gallagher, who has run a malicious witch hunt on timesheets against the Opposition, faces her own timesheet problems including an Auditor General finding that ‘the failure to account for leave taken amounts to improperly obtaining a benefit’ in Ministers’ offices.

“The Chief Minister has set the standard and called late time sheets ‘the biggest scandal in territory history.’ It is now apparent the biggest perpetrators may be the Executive she leads,” ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja said today.

“ACT Labor Minister’s staff claimed at least $15,000 in leave which the Auditor General found amounted to ‘improperly obtaining a benefit ‘and according to reports, Katy Gallagher is unable to confirm that this money has been paid back.

“The facts speak for themselves. An Auditor General’s report from some of the same period the Opposition is being reviewed has found that:

– Ministers ‘offices had only a 57 per cent submission rate for timesheets. (p32)
– ‘Internal control over submission of attendance and leave forms, particularly by staff of some Ministers was inadequate.’(p4)
– ‘Ministers’ staff recorded 39 days leave in their timesheets that were not deducted from their leave.’(p6)
‘Where necessary, arrange for the recovery of overpayments in salary and LAMS allowance from staff on leave.’(p10)
– ‘The failure to account for leave taken amounts to improperly obtaining a benefit.’(p35)

We’ve asked the Liberals exactly which audit report they’re quoting and if we can have a copy as the Auditor-General’s website has no activity since Maxine Cooper took up the role.

UPDATE 23/03/12 09:12: All becomes a bit clearer. Fast on the uptake as ever Zed is referring to a 2009 Audit Report which found fault with all in the Assembly. His own office’s alleged breaches continued after things were supposed the be cleaned up.

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16 Responses to “Glass House Gallagher” in timesheet trouble of her own?
#1
housebound9:19 am, 23 Mar 12

It was only a matter of time, as comments on the other thread on this suggested. Given the expenses scandal in the UK, which compromised politicians from all sides, I was surprised that Gallagher came out with such strong language against the Libs in the first place.

#2
verbalkint9:33 am, 23 Mar 12

Grasping at straws.

The auditor generals report from 09 was a wake up call for the way that things operated in the Assembly. The rest of the offices took on the advice and changed to move into line with the recommendations made by the auditor, but Zeds office clearly did not.

This is just the latest in a line of unseemly smear attacks made by Zed to try and muddy the waters before the current inquiry reports its findings.

Nothing to see here.

#3
Mysteryman9:40 am, 23 Mar 12

Hardly surprising.

#4
JessP10:05 am, 23 Mar 12

Pot…..Kettle….black!

#5
Jim Jones10:09 am, 23 Mar 12

Zed’s trying to dig his way out of a hole.

#6
Mysteryman10:28 am, 23 Mar 12

JessP said :

Pot…..Kettle….black!

+1

#7
Jim Jones10:35 am, 23 Mar 12

Mysteryman said :

JessP said :

Pot…..Kettle….black!

+1

You didn’t notice this?: “Zed is referring to a 2009 Audit Report which found fault with all in the Assembly. His own office’s alleged breaches continued after things were supposed the be cleaned up.”

The whole thing is Zed attempting to deflect attention away from the fact that after the entire assembly was put on notice, his office was the only one that failed to meet the required standards … after 3 years no less.

#8
Alderney10:40 am, 23 Mar 12

Is Tio working for both sides of the chamber?

#9
Wylie11:02 am, 23 Mar 12

I heard Zed talking about this on the radio this morning. Bizarrely he still seems incapable of pronouncing Katy Gallagher’s name.

#10
c_c12:26 pm, 23 Mar 12

Wylie said :

I heard Zed talking about this on the radio this morning. Bizarrely he still seems incapable of pronouncing Katy Gallagher’s name.

Ironic when one’s name is Sesel… Sessesel… Seselg… Cecilg… whatever the heck it is.

#11
Gungahlin Al10:57 pm, 23 Mar 12

“Look! Squirrel!”

#12
milkman7:43 am, 24 Mar 12

Jim Jones said :

Zed’s trying to dig his way out of a hole.

Absolutely. The questions will be whether the indiscretions referred to are real, and the magnitude.

#13
Gungahlin Al2:03 pm, 25 Mar 12

milkman said :

Jim Jones said :

Zed’s trying to dig his way out of a hole.

Absolutely. The questions will be whether the indiscretions referred to are real, and the magnitude.

And, if proven, then whether the ACT taxpayer-funded assistance means that Gary Humphries retained his senate seat illegitimately.

#14
Micky_P10:39 am, 26 Mar 12

It’s like he thinks we’ll forget that he paid a staffer a full-time salary whilst he didn’t ever enter the building.

#15
Thumper10:57 am, 26 Mar 12

Jim Jones said :

Zed’s trying to dig his way out of a hole.

No doubt.

However, if Katy is clean then she should open the books as well.

#16
54-1111:55 am, 26 Mar 12

And there is a fundamental difference between a simple failure to complete time sheets, and what Zed’s office is accused of. Tio Faulkner is alleged to be working almost full time for the Libs, while being paid for by the Assembly (ie, us).

That’s fraud, Zed. Quite different to just being slack.

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