The Canberra Times is still running with the timesheet woes of Liberal Leader Zed Seselja.
Having belatedly filed timesheets for 8 of his ten staff for a period of around a year Zed now faces the uncomfortable possiblity that his political enemies can now make merry with the backdated timesheets while comparing them to reality.
Let’s face it, an office able to backdate eight year’s of timesheets to a standard that will hold up to hostile examination is usually an office that doesn’t let itself get behind with such things.
If you missed the first instalment of what is becoming a bit of a saga it looks a bit like this.
– In the 2010 Federal election numbers of Zed’s staff, paid for by the ACT taxpayer, busied themselves helping Liberals get election federally, mostly it appears helping Senator Humphries hold off the Greens’ Lin Hatfield Dodds.
– This was justified as “time in lieu” being taken by the staff.
– Justifying time in lieu in the Assembly is supposed to be done with timesheets.
– Eight of the ten staff stopped filing timesheets between 2009 and 2010.
– Someone poked the Canberra Times into FOIing the timesheet issue.
Zed’s trying to brush the issue off as “just about timesheets” but one can’t help feeling he’s dug himself a very big hole with this one and with the Greens fighting for the political lives of half their members in this election year it seems likely they’ll join the government in happily crucifying him.
Labor headkicker John Hargreaves, who seems to have little better to do with his time than pursue this, is reportedly putting a motion to the Assembly requiring Zed to answer 13 questions which will no doubt lead to further embarrassing questions.
One wonders when it will become expedient to throw a member of staff under a bus?