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What does Tio do all day?

By johnboy - 21 February 2012 43

The Canberra Times is twisting the knife they’ve shoved into Liberal Leader Zed Seselja’s guts by questioning just which community groups director of electorate services Tio Faulkner has been spending his time with?

It’s an important question because according to Zed he’s been so busy “out in the community” that he’s never seen at the place of work he draws an ACT taxpayer funded salary from and in fact was so busy he couldn’t get his timesheets in for 22 months:

More than 20 community groups around Canberra say they have had no dealings with Tio Faulkner in his taxpayer-funded role as director of electorate services for Canberra Liberals’ leader Zed Seselja.

Most of the 22 community and professional groups, industry associations and lobbyists contacted by The Canberra Times said they had never heard of the Canberra Liberals president at the heart of the controversy engulfing Mr Seselja’s office.

Zed in turn says it was other community groups but, sadly, none he’s willing to name.

The real next stage in this saga now that Zed has explained himself to the Assembly [ABC article] will be when an auditor goes over 8 odd man years of backdated timesheets and cross references those probable fantasies to the cold hard reality of building and computer access logs.

Zed is trying to inoculate himself from that:

But he has cast doubt on the methods that will be used to track attendance, including a check of computer log-ins and swipe card access.

He says that is of little use when staff are required to work off-site.

Don’t worry though folks the ABC reports Zed says:

“At all times I’ve been satisfied that staff have been gainfully and appropriately employed,”

What’s Your opinion?


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What does Tio do all day?
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bd84 10:44 am
21 Feb 12
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Perhaps the CT should be looking at what exactly the advisors and staff of all members do instead of continuing to give one side of the story. I noted that Labor and the Greens voted down the valid request that any time recording audit be extended to all members.. It stinks a bit of the government holding on to government for dear life when they won’t extend the same transparency to themselves, particularly when I think similar problems were noted with all members’ record keeping last time this was looked at a few years back. I’d place money on some questionable practices existing across the assembly.

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housebound 11:06 am
21 Feb 12
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Should we rejoice that the Canberra Time is finally doing something that looks remotely like journalism? Does it mean that all those stories of improper conduct (in all its shades of meanings) by government might now be worth reporting? Let the floodgates open and get some real reporting in this town, on all political parties.

Why is it hard to believe that only one staffer in one office is not squeaky clean?

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Thumper 11:12 am
21 Feb 12
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Methinks Zed is gone.

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M0les 11:35 am
21 Feb 12
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Thumper said :

Methinks Zed is gone.

I always felt General Zod was a bit of an asterisk until the Libs could find someone electable for the next race anyway.

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Erg0 11:36 am
21 Feb 12
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Looks like someone at the Times watched “All The President’s Men” last week…

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chewy14 11:44 am
21 Feb 12
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LOL at the Canberra Times canvassing community groups to see if they knew who Faulkner is.

I’d suggest if they did the same for the rest of the MLA’s and their staff the result would be nearly identical.

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dungfungus 12:20 pm
21 Feb 12
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bd84 said :

Perhaps the CT should be looking at what exactly the advisors and staff of all members do instead of continuing to give one side of the story. I noted that Labor and the Greens voted down the valid request that any time recording audit be extended to all members.. It stinks a bit of the government holding on to government for dear life when they won’t extend the same transparency to themselves, particularly when I think similar problems were noted with all members’ record keeping last time this was looked at a few years back. I’d place money on some questionable practices existing across the assembly.

And just who is Tio Faulkner’s equivalent at the ACT Branch of the ALP? They do not appear to have a specific job title such as “Director of Electorate Services” but Elections ACT advise that the registered person for electorate matters in the ALP is an Elias Hallaj who according to the website of ACT Labor has an office in 222 City Walk, Civic. Elias Hallaj is also the Secretary of the ALP in the ACT and I understand his “other” office is in Torrens Street, Braddon. So, what is the perceived “dual role” problem?
Pity the Canberra Times didn’t ask all the community groups who Elias Hallaj is. I had never heard of him until today.

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johnboy 12:30 pm
21 Feb 12
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Is Elias drawing a staffer’s salary DF?

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dungfungus 12:36 pm
21 Feb 12
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johnboy said :

Is Elias drawing a staffer’s salary DF?

Why don’t you ask him?

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johnboy 12:51 pm
21 Feb 12
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dungfungus said :

Why don’t you ask him?

Well I’m moderately confident he is not.

The problem here is Zed’s mob thought they were being very clever with these innovations and it’s coming back to bite them if for no other reason than laziness with the timesheets.

Frankly they should have been pinged when they stripped the MLAs of staff.

Those staff are not paid for by us for the greater glory of the Liberal party, they’re supposed to be assisting the MLA’s help the people they’ve been elected to represent.

It should be the people we’ve elected getting “out in the community” on our dime, not the party president.

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astrojax 1:18 pm
21 Feb 12
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‘tio’ and ‘zed’ – and they wonder why there is a disconnect with the community at large..? :)

but really, why should we not be satisfied with zed’s confirmation that his staff have actually been working, irrespective of the paucity of their timesheets? this is a man in whose hands a goodly chunk of the community would [more or less] happily place the adminsitration of the whole territory…

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astrojax 1:41 pm
21 Feb 12
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johnboy said :

It should be the people we’ve elected getting “out in the community” on our dime, not the party president.

well, according to zed’s comments to ross solly this morning, this is what happens, which is why these organisations had heard of / recalled the name of a ‘mere staffer’… and i liked one txter into the show who said he was a small business owner and had never met or heard of the community organisation represetnative ‘representing him’ – classic!

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Holden Caulfield 2:11 pm
21 Feb 12
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Maybe Tio is Mr Gillespie.

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dungfungus 2:34 pm
21 Feb 12
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johnboy said :

dungfungus said :

Why don’t you ask him?

Well I’m moderately confident he is not.

The problem here is Zed’s mob thought they were being very clever with these innovations and it’s coming back to bite them if for no other reason than laziness with the timesheets.

Frankly they should have been pinged when they stripped the MLAs of staff.

Those staff are not paid for by us for the greater glory of the Liberal party, they’re supposed to be assisting the MLA’s help the people they’ve been elected to represent.

It should be the people we’ve elected getting “out in the community” on our dime, not the party president.

Has the CT asked him? As I said, today was the first time I have ever heard of Elias Hallaj and 5 other people I asked have never heard of him either. Two people thought he owned a F&V shop.
I am “moderately confident” that Labor under Stanhope knew about the arrangements so the current kerfuffle is just a timely smokescreen attempt to hide the impact of the budget defecit.
If being “lazy with timesheets” is a crime then amassing a $180 million budget deficit must be a hanging offence.
Apart from us fellow Rioters, a few ABC Radio listeners and the declining CT subscriber base, no one is really interested in this sideshow anymore. If anything, it reinforces why ACT residents voted twice 25 years ago, for no self-government.

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NoImRight 2:57 pm
21 Feb 12
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Being lazy with timesheets may not be a crime, although it doesnt speak well of the office as they generally arent challenging, but deliberately using tax payer funds for private uses might be.

Frankly who else has done what isnt a defence. The fact that someone has been murdered doesnt mean burglers shouldnt be prosecuted.

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