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Chief Minister holidayed in the south of france with data tampering Kate Jackson

By johnboy - 1 August 2012 72

The Canberra Times is all over Chief Minister Gallagher’s late admission that she’s been on hols in 2010 with the only identified member of the Canberra Hospital health statistics scandal.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher spent time during a 2010 overseas holiday with the Canberra Hospital executive who later confessed to tampering with emergency department data.

Ms Gallagher confirmed last night she had seen Kate Jackson during a trip to the south of France but only because they were both visiting Ms Gallagher’s sister.

In case the stench of this case wasn’t already strong enough for you.

UPDATE 01/08/12 09:24: The ABC is carrying the Chiefly denials.

Ms Gallagher says while on leave she stayed with her sister in France, who was also on holiday there.

Ms Gallagher says the staffer, a friend of her sister, also visited.

“I have provided all of this information to the Auditor General. I have provided this information to the Solicitor General and I sought advice around how to handle this going forward and from my point of view I’ve made that information clear,” she said.

“The investigation has happened and it’s cleared me of any involvement in any direct or indirect way and I think that gets lost in all of this.”

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Chief Minister holidayed in the south of france with data tampering Kate Jackson
Deref 12:17 pm 01 Aug 12

rescuedg said :

I agree it was stupid on the part of Government to say “there probably weren’t any other tamperers and it would be too hard to find them.”

They’re right.

The system allows anonymous and untraceable entries of and modifications to the data. They were warned time and time again about the danger and that, sooner or later, it would turn around and bite them in the arse.

The question we should be asking is “what are they doing to put proper controls on the data collection?” I bet I know the answer.

EvanJames 11:58 am 01 Aug 12

How_Canberran said :

Now I have started humming ‘Lost in France’ by Bonnie Tyler.

Don’t…. don’t…. argh too late!

jase! 11:54 am 01 Aug 12

dungfungus said :

According to Katy Gallagher’s financial interests and declarations on the ACT Legislative Assembly website, she accepted hospitality from the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge. The declaration was made 18.2.10. It is normal practice for politicians to book economy and then accept an upgrade to premium economy or beyond. Some declare it, some don’t. Access to a Qantas Chairman’s Lounge is part of a holding a business class ticket.

as much as I hate to stand up and defend this miserable government and the miserable leader of it I have to say you are wrong about the Chairman’s Lounge. Access to the Business class lounge requires you to be holding a business ticket, access to the Chairman’s lounge requires you to be invited regardless of the ticket being held

HiddenDragon 11:37 am 01 Aug 12

Regardless of whether the revelations to date amount to bombshells, for this voter (to misquote the famous saying) the quacking is growing ever more duck-like.

How Ms Gallagher and her family (and likewise other Ministers and MLAs) choose to spend their money is their business – nonetheless the news of a holiday in the south of France, catching up with family and friend/s will not go down particularly well with Canberrans who are worrying about the winter heating bills, and the annual rates notice etc. etc. For those of us who have such worries, it will, perhaps, help to explain why those who run this town apparently don’t understand the concerns of others about the galloping rate of cost increases for utilities and other basics and seem, instead, to think that most Canberra households can well afford such increases.

How_Canberran 10:52 am 01 Aug 12

Now I have started humming ‘Lost in France’ by Bonnie Tyler.

dungfungus 10:40 am 01 Aug 12

According to Katy Gallagher’s financial interests and declarations on the ACT Legislative Assembly website, she accepted hospitality from the Qantas Chairman’s Lounge. The declaration was made 18.2.10. It is normal practice for politicians to book economy and then accept an upgrade to premium economy or beyond. Some declare it, some don’t. Access to a Qantas Chairman’s Lounge is part of a holding a business class ticket.
Also noted is that her spouse is a public servant on a salary of $107k. Typical Labor “working family”
I am concerned that the Chief Minister sought advice from the Attorney General who told her to keep quiet about the “French Connection”
If this isn’t a conflict of interest I don’t know what is.

Chop71 10:22 am 01 Aug 12

She’s now, probably a consultant earning double.

pharmer 10:09 am 01 Aug 12

Where is Kate Jackson working now? In which department has she been given a cushy job as a thank-you for taking the hit?

She must have been given some sort of assurances to resign from a job paying over $200k – would be interesting to know.

PantsMan 10:04 am 01 Aug 12

It’s not the scandal that gets you, it’s the coverup.

HenryBG 10:03 am 01 Aug 12

How she just admits, “Kate, my sister and I holidayed in France together” instead of this, “uh, I was somewhere with my sister and, uh, this Kate person who’s somebody else’s friend and who I don’t really know all that well happened to visit”.

I think the question I’d be interested in is, “How many other friends of the Chief Minister are holding plum jobs in the Public Service for which they lack some necessary qualification?”

bundah 9:58 am 01 Aug 12

.So the Libs are playing the guilty through association and not being upfront card.Unless there was some form of collusion who gives a s***. Politics can be such a grubby business.

rescuedg 9:56 am 01 Aug 12

I agree it was stupid on the part of Government to say “there probably weren’t any other tamperers and it would be too hard to find them.”

But since the initial revelations of tampering there hasnt really been a “bombshell”. Just further clarification of the initally available information.

johnboy 9:50 am 01 Aug 12

I think if the CM had announced a credible program to seek out the other data tamperers suspected by the auditor-general I’d have more faith in her as these bombshells keep rolling out.

rescuedg 9:39 am 01 Aug 12

So Kate Jackson (the tamperer) is a close friend of the Chief Minister’s sister. This was already pretty much known from the very beginning.

As soon as the allegations were made the Chief Minister stepped aside to allow the next most senior Minister to investigate. I think this action made it pretty clear that the Chief Minister acknowledged that she was too close in this individual to do an investigation without a clear conflict of interest.

What would you have had the Chief Minister do differently?

I don’t think it would be fair on her sister to expect the Chief Minister (while an investigation is still ongoing) to give a detailed history of every interaction she has had with the tamperer especially seeing as the Chief Minister is not actually accussed of any wrongdoing.

johnboy 9:20 am 01 Aug 12

If I understand her statements on The Beast the Chief Minister is only guilty of trying to protect people.

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