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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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gazket 10:11 pm 13 Feb 12

Chief Minister Gallagher how about learning to play and complete sim city. You may get tips on how to do your job properly

MWF 7:37 pm 13 Feb 12

Micky_P said :

If you aren’t submitting timesheets and you’re getting paid – that is in no way legitimate.

Hmm, what if someone is submitting time sheets but they are more a fantasy rather than reality?

AG Canberra 6:43 pm 13 Feb 12

The key thing here is you are paid to do a certain amount of work for your boss. If you want to work for someone else, fine, resign or take leave without pay (if that is permitted in your workplace). But to be supposed paid to act as an adviser for Zed (or anyone else) and to then bugger off and do something else for weeks is not on. It wouldn’t be permitted in any other workplace and it shouldn’t be permitted here.

Obviously the Labor guys have their timesheets in and so briefed the CT on Zed’s shoddy housekeeping.

And FYI – Katy is looking for a new media advisor and it is only paying 100k. Pay peanuts – get monkeys.

MERC600 1:23 pm 13 Feb 12

“I must say that I have not seen any major signs of maladministration under any of the ACT governments” .. Don’t forget the 300K we gave Chic Henry , to enable him to take family to snow every weekend ( written up at the time in one of those freebies I get at the markets ).

NoImRight 1:10 pm 13 Feb 12

I have no idea why my user name appears in the middle of that quote?

NoImRight 12:47 pm 13 Feb 12

trevar said :

This just looks like standard boiler-plate political bullying to me… except for this quote, attributed to Katy herself:

“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.

The third clause in this sentence, led by a ‘which’ but not adding detail nor extending the concept of the initial clause is a cause for concern. The clause begins with the indicative mood, but moves to the imperative mood and loses meaning entirely. Under the National Curriculum the ACT Government is now implementing, coherence is a year 4 concept and extension is year 5. If Katy did indeed utter this sentence, it reveals that the head of the government implementing the National Curriculum here in the ACT is not actually literate to a year 5 level. So how could she possibly be qualified to accuse anyone of anything?

The second clause is problematic too. The first ‘which’ should be a ‘that’, because it leads a defining clause. Not an uncommon problem; substituting ‘that’ with ‘which’ in a defining clause is relatively common amongst those who are not highly trained in English usage, so I’ll forgive that, but beginning a clause using the indicative mood, but then moving to the imperative mood before adding any detail or extending the concept of the initial clause is just plain, old-fashioned illiteracy. I don’t know what year it should have been learned when Katy went to school, but under the current curriculum it looks like she needs some help from a year 4 teacher before she opens her mouth.

Nice. 🙂

XO_VSOP 12:11 pm 13 Feb 12

It appears we have a a Q & A with the minister here.

Arthur McKenzie 3:01 am 13 Feb 12

I find it very hard to understand why people are grizzling so much about the crappy ACT government or opposition or public servants cheating, stealing and wasting taxpayers money. Either your expectations are too high or you seem to think by exercising your paltry vote things might change. Get over it, that’s what they do!

sepi 10:54 pm 12 Feb 12

Cheating 5 minutes on a time sheet is quite different to disappearing on leave, while still being on the books as being at work. Getting free leave is also obviously approved by the boss, rather than down to lowly employees cheating on their flex.

cranky 8:54 pm 12 Feb 12

Ian @ #48 = Mate, youv’e nailed it.

I’m sure both parties have assisted their coleagues during the Federal campaigns.

Can we get serious about time sheets? As a former Pub Serv, I discovered that these were a work of fiction. As a supervisor, practically EVERY underling was cheating like hell. Sure, only ten minutes here, and five there, but it all went one way, to the detriment of the Gov purse, to the tune of 20 – 30 minutes PER DAY, per employee. Yes, I brought this to the attention of the masters, and words were said, but I would bet London to a brick on that the same tricks are happening as we speak.

Katy can shriek all she likes, but this little storm in a teacup is nothing in comparison to the long list of money eating f#@% ups her government has presided over during the last 11 years.

And I do not vote Liberal!!

Thumper 7:57 pm 12 Feb 12

Micky_P said :

Thumper said :

Zed has been committing fraud with regards to taxpayer money for how long now?

I have no love for Seselja, however, you do have proof for these allegations?

Of course you do…

If you aren’t submitting timesheets and you’re getting paid – that is in no way legitimate.

No entirely factual, but keep digging.

HenryBG 6:52 pm 12 Feb 12

welkin31 said :

– and all the time taking too much notice of increasingly discredited CSIRO predictions of a dryer climate to come. Just listen to the ACTEW chief on that subject.

Such a shame, Welkin, that you spoil your entire argument by revealing yourself as a fact-denying climate-change conspiracist.

You’ll find CSIRO’s information about evolving changes in rainfall patterns here:
http://www.csiro.au/resources/State-of-the-climate

If you want to call any of it “discredited”, be sure to find some actual facts to support your assertion. (Do I need to point out that quoting Alan Jones doesn’t count?).

I do find it very intereting that 2 years of average rainfall can make somebody forget about 10 years of very much below average rainfall, though, and give them false impressions of future years’ rainfall.

Ian 6:40 pm 12 Feb 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Ian said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Muck racking on the part of Katy Gallager and her cronies to try and discredit the Canberra Liberals so they can hold onto power if you ask me.

Not sure why Katy and co need to bother, the Libs do a great job of discrediting themselves.

I dunno…..Labor are the ones who have been in power the past 11 years, and they have done plenty to discredit themselves.
• GDE delays
• Neglect and mismanagement of Housing issues and availability
• Luxury “human-rights-compliant” jails for criminals, with free, taxpayer-funded health care and legal aid
• Reckless spending on artworks
• Shopping bag bans (tiny problem according to some, but part of a much larger Labor waste machine if you think about it)
The list goes on….

I have no doubt that the ALP has presided over gross incompetence over the years. The sad commentary on the Libs is that they cannot present themselves even as a remotely viable alternative to this gross incompetence. Even if they could elevate themselves to merely incompetent it would be a huge improvement over where they and Labor have been for years.

Micky_P 6:31 pm 12 Feb 12

Thumper said :

Zed has been committing fraud with regards to taxpayer money for how long now?

I have no love for Seselja, however, you do have proof for these allegations?

Of course you do…

If you aren’t submitting timesheets and you’re getting paid – that is in no way legitimate.

Mr Gillespie 1:30 pm 12 Feb 12

Ian said :

Mr Gillespie said :

Muck racking on the part of Katy Gallager and her cronies to try and discredit the Canberra Liberals so they can hold onto power if you ask me.

Not sure why Katy and co need to bother, the Libs do a great job of discrediting themselves.

I dunno…..Labor are the ones who have been in power the past 11 years, and they have done plenty to discredit themselves.
• GDE delays
• Neglect and mismanagement of Housing issues and availability
• Luxury “human-rights-compliant” jails for criminals, with free, taxpayer-funded health care and legal aid
• Reckless spending on artworks
• Shopping bag bans (tiny problem according to some, but part of a much larger Labor waste machine if you think about it)
The list goes on….

welkin31 10:36 am 12 Feb 12

Re 27 mynym – thanks for that – I should have spelled things out with more clarity.
Because the mini old Cotter was spilling near 30GL of water a year – it was negligent of the authorities not to enlarge it early last decade, as I said.
An enlarged Cotter would have been great value even if smaller & cheaper than the current near 80GL soopah doopah model.
Why they delayed the obvious for over half a decade seems to me due to the then Chief Minister’s determination to find an alternative to a new dam, I suppose that would appeal to Green anti-damism. He was so keen to join the desalination club – remember this from 2007.
“Radical water proposal for ACT”
Actew is looking at a radical proposal to build a desalination plant on the NSW coast and pump water over the mountains to Canberra as the water crisis worsens.
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/radical-water-proposal-for-act/281666.aspx
They could easily have had a better dam at Cotter built by then.
I do not know how much money was wasted on years of reports flailing around looking for a reason not to do the bleeding obvious – remember how close we came to drinking treated wastewater ? – and all the time taking too much notice of increasingly discredited CSIRO predictions of a dryer climate to come. Just listen to the ACTEW chief on that subject.
I missed out saying in my first comment, that I think the Angle Crossing to Googong pipeline will turn out to be a white elephant, more hundreds of millions wasted. Not useful often enough is my guess. Some of the money would have been much better spent enhancing the capacity of the Cotter to Googong transfer where we know there can be surplus flows.
I apologise if I gave the impression that “building a dam seem to be evidence of maladministration” – that was not my aim.
However if I wanted to nitpick – I would say it is a Rolls Royce of a water system we are building right now – built years too late – probably over-built because of ACTEW bowing to Climate predictions – and the cost over-runs are still in motion.
The last decade of water administration in the ACT has been appalling and IMHO should be the subject of a Royal Commission.

Ian 10:15 pm 11 Feb 12

Mr Gillespie said :

Muck racking on the part of Katy Gallager and her cronies to try and discredit the Canberra Liberals so they can hold onto power if you ask me.

Not sure why Katy and co need to bother, the Libs do a great job of discrediting themselves.

dungfungus 10:05 pm 11 Feb 12

Hey wait a minute. Didn’t the then ALP candidate for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, get financial assistance from Senator Kate Lundy in July 2010?
Under the electoral rules, public money cannot be used to promote unelected candidates. No big deal then was it so who cares about the current issue?

Thumper 7:41 pm 11 Feb 12

Zed has been committing fraud with regards to taxpayer money for how long now?

I have no love for Seselja, however, you do have proof for these allegations?

Of course you do…

Mr Gillespie 6:44 pm 11 Feb 12

Muck racking on the part of Katy Gallager and her cronies to try and discredit the Canberra Liberals so they can hold onto power if you ask me.

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