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Zed’s homework

By johnboy - 14 February 2012 54

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With the Liberals’ timesheet saga getting worse we’ve got a copy of John Hargreaves’ motion passed by the Assembly this morning. It’s not happy reading for the Liberals, even less so because it requires them to answer an unholy series of questions by COB Thursday:

(a) why did the Leader of the Opposition fail to observe his responsibilities under the Members Code of Conduct, paragraph 8 to ensure, in relation to the acquittal of work hours by staff employed by him under the LAMS Act 1989, by allowing periods of up to 22 months to elapse without staff in his office submitting appropriate documentation in relation to attendance, TOIL and overtime;

(b) how did the Leader of the Opposition satisfy himself that recollections of attendance up to 22 months earlier were the correct recollection of attendance when he certified those records to be correct;

(c) what documentary evidence has been relied upon for the retrospective approvals for unpaid leave and attendance at work during the extensive periods in question?

(d) does the Director of Electorate Services in the office of the Leader of the Opposition work in the Leader’s Legislative Assembly office in a full-time capacity;

(e) if so, does the Director of Electorate Services have written approval to work off-site away from the office of the Leader of the Opposition in accordance with clause E8 of the Enterprise Agreement;

(f) has there been consultation with Corporate Services in accordance with clause E8.2 of the Enterprise Agreement and if so, when was that consultation and with whom;

(g) does the Director of Electorate Services in the office of the Leader of the Opposition currently occupy the position of the President of the Canberra Liberals;

(h) does this person work in the latter capacity from Level 5, 221 London Circuit, Canberra City;

(i) if so, has the holder of these positions sought and received unpaid leave from the Leader of the Opposition’s employment prior to any work as President of the Canberra Liberals, during normal working hours;

(j) have any other staff of the Leader of the Opposition have written approval to work off-site; if so, in what capacity and for what periods;

(k) have any staff employed by the Leader of the Opposition undertaken party political campaigning or related activities without having received prior approval for unpaid leave from the Leader of the Opposition; and

(l) if so, have these periods of political campaigning been declared as gifts or gifts in kind under relevant ACT and/or Federal electoral campaign finance laws; if not, why not

For those wondering where the second half of this is going Tio Faulkner is the Director of Electorate Services and also President of the Canberra branch of the Liberal Party.

This dual role has raised eyebrows before.

It gets worse for Zed though.

Because in addition to Zed’s significant homework the Speaker (Shane Rattenbury) has been directed to get a workplace audit done, which will include reconciling the timesheets with the Legislative Assembly’s building access records.

For Zed’s sake one hopes the coming homework, the retrospectively filed timesheets, and the building access records don’t show significant discrepancies.

What’s Your opinion?


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Zed’s homework
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PantsMan 10:39 pm
14 Feb 12
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FFS! Are these guys trying to loose?

Who would be in a third right-ish party that was anti-Greens, anti-Labor, with ACT Govt experience, economic rationalist, and with a cost of living agenda aimed at the working poor of Canberra: 25-40 yo’s?

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colourful sydney rac 7:52 am
15 Feb 12
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This could actually get worse for Zed, if I recall flexsheets/timesheets are considered time and wages documents and there is a legal requirement to keep them for seven years.

I wonder if anyone has reported him to the Fair Work Ombudsman yet…the Fair Work Ombudsman, 13 13 94 – Mon-Fri 8am-6pm…

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Thumper 8:12 am
15 Feb 12
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colourful sydney racing identity said :

This could actually get worse for Zed, if I recall flexsheets/timesheets are considered time and wages documents and there is a legal requirement to keep them for seven years.

I wonder if anyone has reported him to the Fair Work Ombudsman yet…the Fair Work Ombudsman, 13 13 94 – Mon-Fri 8am-6pm…

Seven years is also my understanding.

Surely it’s all online these days though?

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dungfungus 8:49 am
15 Feb 12
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colourful sydney racing identity said :

This could actually get worse for Zed, if I recall flexsheets/timesheets are considered time and wages documents and there is a legal requirement to keep them for seven years.

I wonder if anyone has reported him to the Fair Work Ombudsman yet…the Fair Work Ombudsman, 13 13 94 – Mon-Fri 8am-6pm…

Currently, there is a 4 year waiting time for an alleged fraud matter to be heard by Fair Work, at least for Labor MPs named Thomson.

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VYBerlinaV8_is_back 9:12 am
15 Feb 12
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johnboy said :

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

It will be very interesting to see how they go about digging themselves out of this. I think we will likely be in for a few surprises as this unfolds. For example, are the building access logs actually retained in a usable format for a defined period of time?

Given they appear to have changed the FOI laws just to let the Canberra Times kick this puppy off I’m willing to bet they’ve made sure the access logs have got the appropriate data.

Somewhat dirty pool, but if you keep handing a man rope who’s fault is it if they hang themselves?

If, (and it’s a big if) the worst comes of this the Liberals involved will, at the end of the day, have been the ones who did themselves down.

I agree, keeping the house in order is definitely the problem, and I’m not going to defend them for a second. I’m just interested to see what comes out as part of the process.

It definitely seems that this has planned.

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Thumper 9:19 am
15 Feb 12
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dungfungus said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

This could actually get worse for Zed, if I recall flexsheets/timesheets are considered time and wages documents and there is a legal requirement to keep them for seven years.

I wonder if anyone has reported him to the Fair Work Ombudsman yet…the Fair Work Ombudsman, 13 13 94 – Mon-Fri 8am-6pm…

Currently, there is a 4 year waiting time for an alleged fraud matter to be heard by Fair Work, at least for Labor MPs named Thomson.

Good point.

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geni_lou 10:07 am
15 Feb 12
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Mismanagement’s very different from corruption. Everyone makes mistakes, but it takes a special type to willingly rip off public funds for their own ends. If we had an ICAC this would be considered with the weight it deserves.

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p1 10:21 am
15 Feb 12
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steveu said :

“Zed is dead babe, Zed is dead…”

Beat me to it :)

Maybe they are going to make up the budget shortfall by taking back all the money that was paid to Zeds staffers while they were working on Lib stuff?

I always laugh when I hear people lamenting the fools that vote Labor, or the other fools who vote Greens ’cause that just keeps Labor in power. Maybe the fools who vote in these Liberal muppets are just as stupid, there just aren’t as many of them?

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colourful sydney rac 10:28 am
15 Feb 12
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dungfungus said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

This could actually get worse for Zed, if I recall flexsheets/timesheets are considered time and wages documents and there is a legal requirement to keep them for seven years.

I wonder if anyone has reported him to the Fair Work Ombudsman yet…the Fair Work Ombudsman, 13 13 94 – Mon-Fri 8am-6pm…

Currently, there is a 4 year waiting time for an alleged fraud matter to be heard by Fair Work, at least for Labor MPs named Thomson.

That is Fair Work Australia, not the Fair Work Ombudsman…

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colourful sydney rac 10:52 am
15 Feb 12
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So we are, what six months out from an election? Plenty of time for this to really get messy. One wonders what else will come out…I guess it has given John Hargaeves something to do…
http://the-riotact.com/john-hargeaves-what-a-busy-man/44813

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jimbocool 11:51 am
15 Feb 12
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geni_lou said :

Mismanagement’s very different from corruption. Everyone makes mistakes, but it takes a special type to willingly rip off public funds for their own ends. If we had an ICAC this would be considered with the weight it deserves.

Intersting point – what would ICAC make of this given its controversial investigation and findings around NSW MLA Angela D’Amore and some apparently minor anomalies regarding staff entitlements? http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/labor-mps-furious-as-payment-inquiry-widens-20101207-18og7.html

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Alderney 1:35 pm
15 Feb 12
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‘Oh what a tangled web we weave’, once said Sir Humphrey Appleby.

There was always going to be an inherent risk in having a member of MLA staff with a position on the Management Committee of the lay Liberal Party, let alone as the President.

This has been pointed out to Liberal MsLA and I am aware of persons who have left the Canberra Liberals because of this very issue.

I recall one individual from the Southern Electorate Branch of the Canberra Liberals who brought a motion in 2010 to amend the Constitution of the ACT Division of the Liberal Party to specifically prohibit persons who work for Members in the MLA or the Federal Parliament from holding positions on the Management Committee in the lay party. Too much of a blurring of distinction between the Parliamentary Party and the lay party. That motion was roundly defeated with the assistance of the Young Liberals who, for some reason, have a vote in the Young Libs and the senior party. This is not allowed in any other Division of the Party; one is either a YL or in the senior party.

Let’s hope that this push results in changes to the Constitution of the ACT Division. I do however hope that government changes hands later this year. This Green/Labor coalition is tired, ineffectual and unable to govern effectively. Time for the Libs to be given a shot.

I think Jeremy Hanson would make a fantastic Chief Minister.

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HenryBG 6:18 pm
15 Feb 12
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jimbocool said :

geni_lou said :

Mismanagement’s very different from corruption. Everyone makes mistakes, but it takes a special type to willingly rip off public funds for their own ends. If we had an ICAC this would be considered with the weight it deserves.

Intersting point – what would ICAC make of this given its controversial investigation and findings around NSW MLA Angela D’Amore and some apparently minor anomalies regarding staff entitlements? http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/labor-mps-furious-as-payment-inquiry-widens-20101207-18og7.html

Timesheets sound a bit boring compared with the shenanigans surrounding the awarding of Revolve’s tender….now *that*’s something ICAC would consider right up their street.

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Thumper 7:14 pm
15 Feb 12
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HenryBG said :

jimbocool said :

geni_lou said :

Mismanagement’s very different from corruption. Everyone makes mistakes, but it takes a special type to willingly rip off public funds for their own ends. If we had an ICAC this would be considered with the weight it deserves.

Intersting point – what would ICAC make of this given its controversial investigation and findings around NSW MLA Angela D’Amore and some apparently minor anomalies regarding staff entitlements? http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/labor-mps-furious-as-payment-inquiry-widens-20101207-18og7.html

Timesheets sound a bit boring compared with the shenanigans surrounding the awarding of Revolve’s tender….now *that*’s something ICAC would consider right up their street.

I wonder what Gungahlin Al has to say on those, given how quickly he leapt upon the Seselja issue and insulation issues.

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astrojax 10:21 pm
15 Feb 12
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yebbut, at root, it’s just paper work.

is anyone suggesting that these staffers have diddled the act taxpayer by not working their allotted hours? i’d like to bet the eagle’s nest’s next hoard of cider that they have in fact worked in excess of their ‘standard work hours’ – so really, what’s the big deal? can we have some hype about actual like government policies and their corollary failures or successes?

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