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Katy savages Zed over his office

By 10 February 2012 63

Chief Minister Gallagher has gone nuclear on Liberal Leader Zed Seselja and his office administration:

Documents released under Freedom of Information to the Canberra Times today appear to reveal systematic abuse of Federal and ACT laws.

“These documents reveal a leader who appears to not only be an incompetent administrator but also one whose moral and ethical compass is completely directionless,” Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher said.

“Mr Seselja cannot just brush aside the complete lack of compliance to Federal and ACT laws by his office and pretend that this is about minor administrative matters.

“Let’s be very clear about what these documents reveal.

“On the surface they appear to reveal a systematic and arrogant refusal to comply with the law. They demonstrate a complete lack of integrity and ethical leadership from the Leader of the Opposition.”

“There is potentially thousands of dollars of ACT taxpayers’ money which is unaccounted for and which no amount of attempts by Mr Seselja to casually brush aside these serious matters should be allowed to occur.

“I will be talking to the Speaker of the ACT Assembly Mr Shane Rattenbury today to discuss a forensic examination of these very troubling matters.

“These allegations need to be thoroughly investigated so that the community can be assured that taxpayers’ money has not been misused by Zed Seselja and the Canberra Liberals,” the Chief Minister said.

The Canberra Times story which prompted this is available here.

The suspicious minded amongst you might wonder who pointed the CT in the direction of this line of inquiry, but one feels certain the Chief Minister will ensure it is very thoroughly investigated.

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63 Responses to
Katy savages Zed over his office
Deref 10:59 am
11 Feb 12
#31

damien haas said :

Replacing ‘which’ with ‘that’ is a common microsoft word software suggestion, when one runs the spellcheck/grammar check on a document.

An American view of spelling or grammar is like a vegetarian’s view of steak or the Pope’s view of sex* – it’s something they don’t do. ;-)

* Unless you count little boys.

bd84 11:22 am
11 Feb 12
#32

Sounds like Katy is trying to make this bigger than it actually is. If it just relates to submitting time sheets, then it is a relatively minor administrative issue and I highly doubt it will a police issue. If the staff members were paid based on time recorded on the time sheet and didn’t submit it, they wouldn’t have been paid. If they took leave without a form, then the individual staff member would be required to repay anything above their leave entitlement. Fault generally lies with the individual and I’m fairly creating there would be many cases of the same across all of the public service.

bd84 11:23 am
11 Feb 12
#33

Creating = certain

Myles Peterson 11:56 am
11 Feb 12
#34

“It would help if the CT’s Noel Towell had included in his report what prompted him to go digging in this direction.”

Reporters rarely concede that, more often than not, their own behaviour is part of the story – at least from the readers’ perspective.

But very few reporters write for their readers.

Gungahlin Al 12:46 pm
11 Feb 12
#35

johnboy said :

it was well known in 2010 that staff were being seconded to federal campaign duties.

So whoever decided to kick this off has been keeping their powder dry.

The question is whether this is a Labor plot, or someone inside the party looking to get ahead?

It would help if the CT’s Noel Towell had included in his report what prompted him to go digging in this direction.

Indeed but don’t hold your breath…

Thumper said :

I must say that I have not seen any major signs of maladministration under any of the ACT governments

You missed the GDE?

LOL! Only a few tens of millions wasted. Easy enough to forget, no?

But to be fair, seems Katy is only giving as good as she would have got had positions been switched. How many absurd, petty and time wasting motions of no confidence have there been this term?

And perhaps think about the upshot of paid staff working on the federal campaign – did their efforts help squeeze Gary Humphries across the line? On the surface – maladministration. But did it change an election result and thereby contribute to stopping a balance of power change months earlier than ended up happening?

Mysteryman 1:05 pm
11 Feb 12
#36

mynym said :

Thanks for quoting me MysteryMan. I love to see myself in italics. I have been here 16 years and I must say that I have not seen any major signs of maladministration under any of the ACT governments. We have high incomes, good education, good health, good housing, fast broadband, lovely parks and gardens, the lot. It’s like Pleasantville here except for the knockers. What’s not to like?

The current opposition is another matter. Allowing for the fact that you are surprised this misbehaviour is happening in the opposition, do you feel they are Stanhopian enough to make them incapable of good government? Or can they become a good government despite their palpable lack of judgement? Or is it a ‘momentary lapse’ over several years in which – through the lack of contemporary records – the public will never know if and to what extent its money has been used for Liberal party campaiging?

I’m not sure I agree that health here is good. We have some pretty long waiting lists and we have the lowest rate of bluk bulling doctors in the nation. Then there’s also the money spent of works of public art (that the public were never consulted about and by most reports didn’t want), the GDE fiasco, the dam that’s running late and well over budget, the slow release of land that didn’t keep up with demand and has assisted in creating the current housing bubble, the bushfire saga that resulted in the loss of some 550 odd homes and 4 lives… There is more evidence of incompetence but it’s been touched upon by others already. I honestly don’t think the current government has done a very good job overall.

Salaries here are high, though. That’s true. But I suspect that’s more to do with the federal government placing so many well paying public service jobs in Canberra than anything the local government has done.

In regards to your question: despite slagging off the current government, I’m definitely sceptical of the opposition’s ability to govern. They don’t fill me with confidence at all and haven’t demonstrated that they can manage themselves. So what’s the answer? One group who have a proven track record of incompetence and mismanagement, or one that hasn’t yet proven their incompetence and mismanagement? I don’t know.

Sometimes I think removing self governance is probably the best option.

housebound 1:10 pm
11 Feb 12
#37

Gungahlin Al said :

But to be fair, seems Katy is only giving as good as she would have got had positions been switched. How many absurd, petty and time wasting motions of no confidence have there been this term?

So how many were there? What were they for? I wouldn’t mind knowing the answer to that one.

Micky_P 2:28 pm
11 Feb 12
#38

Zed has been committing fraud with regards to taxpayer money for how long now?
I’m always shocked when Liberals claim to be sensible economic managers, it’s the complete opposite actually. The ACT Liberals are taking stealing wages and the federal Liberals can’t count. It’s like Tweedledum and Tweedledee at the moment.

Micky_P 2:32 pm
11 Feb 12
#39

I find it hilarious that the Liberal staffers that concoct the hack and slash plans for our public service are actually the ones ripping off the public.

WillowJim 4:17 pm
11 Feb 12
#40

trevar wrote:
The third clause in this sentence … [blah, blah, blah] …relatively common amongst those …

I ignored most of your pompous rant, though I couldn’t help but notice that you mixed a Middle English anachronism like “amongst” with modern English.

I wonder how carefully you choose the words you speak, as opposed to the ones you write, and whether you are ever ungrammatical, leave sentences unfinished, or say “um” or “er”. The rest of us have committed these offences, as has every political leader we’ve ever had.

Mr Gillespie 6:44 pm
11 Feb 12
#41

Muck racking on the part of Katy Gallager and her cronies to try and discredit the Canberra Liberals so they can hold onto power if you ask me.

Thumper 7:41 pm
11 Feb 12
#42

Zed has been committing fraud with regards to taxpayer money for how long now?

I have no love for Seselja, however, you do have proof for these allegations?

Of course you do…

dungfungus 10:05 pm
11 Feb 12
#43

Hey wait a minute. Didn’t the then ALP candidate for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, get financial assistance from Senator Kate Lundy in July 2010?
Under the electoral rules, public money cannot be used to promote unelected candidates. No big deal then was it so who cares about the current issue?

Ian 10:15 pm
11 Feb 12
#44

Mr Gillespie said :

Muck racking on the part of Katy Gallager and her cronies to try and discredit the Canberra Liberals so they can hold onto power if you ask me.

Not sure why Katy and co need to bother, the Libs do a great job of discrediting themselves.

welkin31 10:36 am
12 Feb 12
#45

Re 27 mynym – thanks for that – I should have spelled things out with more clarity.
Because the mini old Cotter was spilling near 30GL of water a year – it was negligent of the authorities not to enlarge it early last decade, as I said.
An enlarged Cotter would have been great value even if smaller & cheaper than the current near 80GL soopah doopah model.
Why they delayed the obvious for over half a decade seems to me due to the then Chief Minister’s determination to find an alternative to a new dam, I suppose that would appeal to Green anti-damism. He was so keen to join the desalination club – remember this from 2007.
“Radical water proposal for ACT”
Actew is looking at a radical proposal to build a desalination plant on the NSW coast and pump water over the mountains to Canberra as the water crisis worsens.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/radical-water-proposal-for-act/281666.aspx
They could easily have had a better dam at Cotter built by then.
I do not know how much money was wasted on years of reports flailing around looking for a reason not to do the bleeding obvious – remember how close we came to drinking treated wastewater ? – and all the time taking too much notice of increasingly discredited CSIRO predictions of a dryer climate to come. Just listen to the ACTEW chief on that subject.
I missed out saying in my first comment, that I think the Angle Crossing to Googong pipeline will turn out to be a white elephant, more hundreds of millions wasted. Not useful often enough is my guess. Some of the money would have been much better spent enhancing the capacity of the Cotter to Googong transfer where we know there can be surplus flows.
I apologise if I gave the impression that “building a dam seem to be evidence of maladministration” – that was not my aim.
However if I wanted to nitpick – I would say it is a Rolls Royce of a water system we are building right now – built years too late – probably over-built because of ACTEW bowing to Climate predictions – and the cost over-runs are still in motion.
The last decade of water administration in the ACT has been appalling and IMHO should be the subject of a Royal Commission.

Mr Gillespie 1:30 pm
12 Feb 12
#46

Ian said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Muck racking on the part of Katy Gallager and her cronies to try and discredit the Canberra Liberals so they can hold onto power if you ask me.

Not sure why Katy and co need to bother, the Libs do a great job of discrediting themselves.

I dunno…..Labor are the ones who have been in power the past 11 years, and they have done plenty to discredit themselves.
• GDE delays
• Neglect and mismanagement of Housing issues and availability
• Luxury “human-rights-compliant” jails for criminals, with free, taxpayer-funded health care and legal aid
• Reckless spending on artworks
• Shopping bag bans (tiny problem according to some, but part of a much larger Labor waste machine if you think about it)
The list goes on….

Micky_P 6:31 pm
12 Feb 12
#47

Thumper said :

Zed has been committing fraud with regards to taxpayer money for how long now?

I have no love for Seselja, however, you do have proof for these allegations?

Of course you do…

If you aren’t submitting timesheets and you’re getting paid – that is in no way legitimate.

Ian 6:40 pm
12 Feb 12
#48

Mr Gillespie said :

Ian said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Muck racking on the part of Katy Gallager and her cronies to try and discredit the Canberra Liberals so they can hold onto power if you ask me.

Not sure why Katy and co need to bother, the Libs do a great job of discrediting themselves.

I dunno…..Labor are the ones who have been in power the past 11 years, and they have done plenty to discredit themselves.
• GDE delays
• Neglect and mismanagement of Housing issues and availability
• Luxury “human-rights-compliant” jails for criminals, with free, taxpayer-funded health care and legal aid
• Reckless spending on artworks
• Shopping bag bans (tiny problem according to some, but part of a much larger Labor waste machine if you think about it)
The list goes on….

I have no doubt that the ALP has presided over gross incompetence over the years. The sad commentary on the Libs is that they cannot present themselves even as a remotely viable alternative to this gross incompetence. Even if they could elevate themselves to merely incompetent it would be a huge improvement over where they and Labor have been for years.

HenryBG 6:52 pm
12 Feb 12
#49

welkin31 said :

– and all the time taking too much notice of increasingly discredited CSIRO predictions of a dryer climate to come. Just listen to the ACTEW chief on that subject.

Such a shame, Welkin, that you spoil your entire argument by revealing yourself as a fact-denying climate-change conspiracist.

You’ll find CSIRO’s information about evolving changes in rainfall patterns here:
http://www.csiro.au/resources/State-of-the-climate

If you want to call any of it “discredited”, be sure to find some actual facts to support your assertion. (Do I need to point out that quoting Alan Jones doesn’t count?).

I do find it very intereting that 2 years of average rainfall can make somebody forget about 10 years of very much below average rainfall, though, and give them false impressions of future years’ rainfall.

Thumper 7:57 pm
12 Feb 12
#50

Micky_P said :

Thumper said :

Zed has been committing fraud with regards to taxpayer money for how long now?

I have no love for Seselja, however, you do have proof for these allegations?

Of course you do…

If you aren’t submitting timesheets and you’re getting paid – that is in no way legitimate.

No entirely factual, but keep digging.

cranky 8:54 pm
12 Feb 12
#51

Ian @ #48 = Mate, youv’e nailed it.

I’m sure both parties have assisted their coleagues during the Federal campaigns.

Can we get serious about time sheets? As a former Pub Serv, I discovered that these were a work of fiction. As a supervisor, practically EVERY underling was cheating like hell. Sure, only ten minutes here, and five there, but it all went one way, to the detriment of the Gov purse, to the tune of 20 – 30 minutes PER DAY, per employee. Yes, I brought this to the attention of the masters, and words were said, but I would bet London to a brick on that the same tricks are happening as we speak.

Katy can shriek all she likes, but this little storm in a teacup is nothing in comparison to the long list of money eating f#@% ups her government has presided over during the last 11 years.

And I do not vote Liberal!!

sepi 10:54 pm
12 Feb 12
#52

Cheating 5 minutes on a time sheet is quite different to disappearing on leave, while still being on the books as being at work. Getting free leave is also obviously approved by the boss, rather than down to lowly employees cheating on their flex.

Arthur McKenzie 3:01 am
13 Feb 12
#53

I find it very hard to understand why people are grizzling so much about the crappy ACT government or opposition or public servants cheating, stealing and wasting taxpayers money. Either your expectations are too high or you seem to think by exercising your paltry vote things might change. Get over it, that’s what they do!

XO_VSOP 12:11 pm
13 Feb 12
#54

It appears we have a a Q & A with the minister here.

NoImRight 12:47 pm
13 Feb 12
#55

trevar said :

This just looks like standard boiler-plate political bullying to me… except for this quote, attributed to Katy herself:

NoImRight said :

“There is potentially thousands of dollars of ACT taxpayers’ money which is unaccounted for and which no amount of attempts by Mr Seselja to casually brush aside these serious matters should be allowed to occur.

The third clause in this sentence, led by a ‘which’ but not adding detail nor extending the concept of the initial clause is a cause for concern. The clause begins with the indicative mood, but moves to the imperative mood and loses meaning entirely. Under the National Curriculum the ACT Government is now implementing, coherence is a year 4 concept and extension is year 5. If Katy did indeed utter this sentence, it reveals that the head of the government implementing the National Curriculum here in the ACT is not actually literate to a year 5 level. So how could she possibly be qualified to accuse anyone of anything?

The second clause is problematic too. The first ‘which’ should be a ‘that’, because it leads a defining clause. Not an uncommon problem; substituting ‘that’ with ‘which’ in a defining clause is relatively common amongst those who are not highly trained in English usage, so I’ll forgive that, but beginning a clause using the indicative mood, but then moving to the imperative mood before adding any detail or extending the concept of the initial clause is just plain, old-fashioned illiteracy. I don’t know what year it should have been learned when Katy went to school, but under the current curriculum it looks like she needs some help from a year 4 teacher before she opens her mouth.

Nice. :-)

NoImRight 1:10 pm
13 Feb 12
#56

I have no idea why my user name appears in the middle of that quote?

MERC600 1:23 pm
13 Feb 12
#57

“I must say that I have not seen any major signs of maladministration under any of the ACT governments” .. Don’t forget the 300K we gave Chic Henry , to enable him to take family to snow every weekend ( written up at the time in one of those freebies I get at the markets ).

AG Canberra 6:43 pm
13 Feb 12
#58

The key thing here is you are paid to do a certain amount of work for your boss. If you want to work for someone else, fine, resign or take leave without pay (if that is permitted in your workplace). But to be supposed paid to act as an adviser for Zed (or anyone else) and to then bugger off and do something else for weeks is not on. It wouldn’t be permitted in any other workplace and it shouldn’t be permitted here.

Obviously the Labor guys have their timesheets in and so briefed the CT on Zed’s shoddy housekeeping.

And FYI – Katy is looking for a new media advisor and it is only paying 100k. Pay peanuts – get monkeys.

MWF 7:37 pm
13 Feb 12
#59

Micky_P said :

If you aren’t submitting timesheets and you’re getting paid – that is in no way legitimate.

Hmm, what if someone is submitting time sheets but they are more a fantasy rather than reality?

gazket 10:11 pm
13 Feb 12
#60

Chief Minister Gallagher how about learning to play and complete sim city. You may get tips on how to do your job properly

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