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Katy savages Zed over his office

By johnboy - 10 February 2012 63

Chief Minister Gallagher has gone nuclear on Liberal Leader Zed Seselja and his office administration:

Documents released under Freedom of Information to the Canberra Times today appear to reveal systematic abuse of Federal and ACT laws.

“These documents reveal a leader who appears to not only be an incompetent administrator but also one whose moral and ethical compass is completely directionless,” Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher said.

“Mr Seselja cannot just brush aside the complete lack of compliance to Federal and ACT laws by his office and pretend that this is about minor administrative matters.

“Let’s be very clear about what these documents reveal.

“On the surface they appear to reveal a systematic and arrogant refusal to comply with the law. They demonstrate a complete lack of integrity and ethical leadership from the Leader of the Opposition.”

“There is potentially thousands of dollars of ACT taxpayers’ money which is unaccounted for and which no amount of attempts by Mr Seselja to casually brush aside these serious matters should be allowed to occur.

“I will be talking to the Speaker of the ACT Assembly Mr Shane Rattenbury today to discuss a forensic examination of these very troubling matters.

“These allegations need to be thoroughly investigated so that the community can be assured that taxpayers’ money has not been misused by Zed Seselja and the Canberra Liberals,” the Chief Minister said.

The Canberra Times story which prompted this is available here.

The suspicious minded amongst you might wonder who pointed the CT in the direction of this line of inquiry, but one feels certain the Chief Minister will ensure it is very thoroughly investigated.

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Katy savages Zed over his office
bugalugs 4:14 pm 10 Feb 12

My biggest worry is what the 10 staff in Zed’s office are doing.

Seriously, he is the opposition leader for a 350,000 person jurisdiction and he has 10 staff.

Surely, a media adviser, a policy adviser, a policy assistant and 2 admin staff would be more than sufficient.

Why we as the public tolerate, politicians at all levels and sides of parliament having so many media advisers that produce inept crap beggars belief.

maloomike 3:43 pm 10 Feb 12

This responsibility falls under the chief of staff. Being in public office and open to scrutiny it should have been rectified earlier – clearly there is an issue here. Stephen, if you are reading this (I know he will be – big RIOTACT fan), give yourself a double uppercut and pull your head in.

johnboy 3:40 pm 10 Feb 12

it was well known in 2010 that staff were being seconded to federal campaign duties.

So whoever decided to kick this off has been keeping their powder dry.

The question is whether this is a Labor plot, or someone inside the party looking to get ahead?

It would help if the CT’s Noel Towell had included in his report what prompted him to go digging in this direction.

housebound 3:38 pm 10 Feb 12

How many timesheets? How many staff? How many dollars? Is it only Zed Seselja’s office?

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 3:22 pm 10 Feb 12

If this is real, then the lack of ability to manage what is basic corporate hygeine is very worrying. If he can’t get his team to keep some simple paperwork in order, how will they go if in power?

(Not that it will matter, it’s a Labor town).

mynym 3:11 pm 10 Feb 12

JessP, you make my point for me. The alternative CM shows he cannot run a small office responsibly and you want to make this about anything but that. And no, I don’t work for Katy, but I do sympathise. How could I not given the contrast of decency that we are seeing hereabouts?

It’s the nudge, nudge, we all know what really goes on and a bit of flexibility in the political use of taxpayer funds is all right crowd that increases my sympathy. Once again, is that level of maturity and moral responsibility what we want to see in government?

Ian 2:56 pm 10 Feb 12

Looks to me like Zed might do better employing staff who are competent to perform their jobs rather than relatives and Liberal party officials.

And as far as Katy is concerned, have you got the paperwork for the GST submission in yet? That might just be several orders of magnitude more significant than this.

JessP 2:51 pm 10 Feb 12

mynym said :

So, from the exclusive focus on Katy’s english expression, I gather that we are all very blase about the Zed’s position? We would be happy, I gather for the sort of leadership shown by the opposition to be transferred to government? Small matters of accountability should be handled this way? Comments like “In many other similar workplaces timesheets would simply not be required” demonstrate the appropriate level of judgement and responsibility in someone aspiring to public office? Nice way to flag how you intend to run the place if you had the chance. Nice evasion about how people were on leave, but it was just that no records were made of it. If the records showed the people were not on leave, were they on leave? Of course, without records, we have no way of knowing. None of this strikes anyone as a poor qualification for running an opposition office, let alone the entire ACT? We go into howls of outrage over a stray pothole, but long-running and apparently systematic failure to account for taxpayer money is ho hum? A bit of nudge nudge, wink, wink as a way of running the budget?

So you work for Katy then?

Maybe it would spoil the fun to acknowledge what this really tells us about the likely quality of public administration should the opposition form a government. I guess as long as that is a distant possibility, it is easy to have a laugh.

mynym 1:51 pm 10 Feb 12

So, from the exclusive focus on Katy’s english expression, I gather that we are all very blase about the Zed’s position? We would be happy, I gather for the sort of leadership shown by the opposition to be transferred to government? Small matters of accountability should be handled this way? Comments like “In many other similar workplaces timesheets would simply not be required” demonstrate the appropriate level of judgement and responsibility in someone aspiring to public office? Nice way to flag how you intend to run the place if you had the chance. Nice evasion about how people were on leave, but it was just that no records were made of it. If the records showed the people were not on leave, were they on leave? Of course, without records, we have no way of knowing. None of this strikes anyone as a poor qualification for running an opposition office, let alone the entire ACT? We go into howls of outrage over a stray pothole, but long-running and apparently systematic failure to account for taxpayer money is ho hum? A bit of nudge nudge, wink, wink as a way of running the budget?

Maybe it would spoil the fun to acknowledge what this really tells us about the likely quality of public administration should the opposition form a government. I guess as long as that is a distant possibility, it is easy to have a laugh.

EvanJames 1:13 pm 10 Feb 12

What on earth is she huffing on about? You’d expect her to make her best points in the first few sentences, but no, she just goes on and on. Opportunity missed. maybe she hadn’t read the article yet.

BethiePrice 1:08 pm 10 Feb 12

dpm said :

I like this:
“Let’s be very clear about what these documents reveal.”
then, next:
“On the surface they appear to reveal “

So, we’re ‘very clear’ that ‘on the surface’ they ‘appear’…..? Glad we got that sorted! Hahahaha! 🙂

Clear as mud award has it’s first nominee

Thumper 12:08 pm 10 Feb 12

“Let’s be very clear about what these documents reveal. It appears there are some minor anomalies on some flex sheets and as such I expect the leader of the opposition to resign because if he does not then there is no doubt that western civilisation as we know it will come to an end, Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher said.”

Thumper 12:02 pm 10 Feb 12

“There is potentially thousands of dollars of ACT taxpayers’ money which is unaccounted for

Interesting comment.

So waste is okay?

JessP 11:50 am 10 Feb 12

Isnt an election coming is there?

dpm 11:30 am 10 Feb 12

I like this:
“Let’s be very clear about what these documents reveal.”
then, next:
“On the surface they appear to reveal “

So, we’re ‘very clear’ that ‘on the surface’ they ‘appear’…..? Glad we got that sorted! Hahahaha! 🙂

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