Katy Gallagher today revealed that she was involved in an Industrial Relations Commission case because of timesheet issues in her office. Her most senior staff member tried to claim 800 hours of time off in lieu (TOIL) that they racked up under her watch, and the case was dropped because their timesheets were not in order. ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja said today this is rank hypocrisy from the Chief Minister who ran a shameless Anna Bligh style smear campaign, all the while hiding details of serious administrative breaches of her own.
“Katy Gallagher allowed her staff member to rack up 800 hours in TOIL because she didn’t ensure their timesheets were maintained, yet she called the Opposition’s timesheet delays the “biggest scandal in Territory history,’” Mr Seselja said today.
“This is rank hypocrisy and a reflection of Katy Gallagher’s true character. I publicly accepted responsibility for my office’s timesheet delays and rectified the situation. Katy Gallagher on the other hand did not see fit to mention that she was involved in an Industrial Relations Commission case over serious timesheet mismanagement until she was questioned about it today.
“Katy Gallagher must now answer questions including:
— How much did this case cost the taxpayer?
— How did a staff member accrue almost six months TOIL under her watch?
— Why was this never disclosed?
“It is blatantly clear why she refused to extend an audit to her own office, which she claimed in the Assembly ‘led the way in terms of adherence to timesheets within the building.’