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Mr Porter finds a new role

By johnboy - 29 January 2009 17

The ABC has the happy news that Mary Porter’s husband Ian De Landelles won’t be out in the cold after new anti-nepotism laws forced him out of his missus’ office.

He’s scored a gig in Mr Stanhope’s office.

What a relief. On the bright side at least it’s not another reporter parachuting into government PR.

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Mr Porter finds a new role
BerraBoy68 5:31 pm 30 Jan 09

sepi said :

yeh but how can outsiders know if he is any good or not. pollies need to be seen to be doing the right thing as well as doing it. govt is supposed to be best practice in these things.

and how do other staff deal with someone in a lower position who is married to the boss?

he can’t be the only person who is right for the role. i don’t mind he’s in jon’s office, but working for his partner is va bit much.

I hear what you’re saying Sepi and have to say I’ve been seriously aggrieved by instances of blatant nepotism during my previous career in the public service. That said, the situation is alleviated somewhat by Ian now being in Stanhopes office rather than that of Ms Porter.

sepi 5:25 pm 30 Jan 09

yeh but how can outsiders know if he is any good or not. pollies need to be seen to be doing the right thing as well as doing it. govt is supposed to be best practice in these things.

and how do other staff deal with someone in a lower position who is married to the boss?

he can’t be the only person who is right for the role. i don’t mind he’s in jon’s office, but working for his partner is va bit much.

BerraBoy68 4:42 pm 30 Jan 09

And that, skid, is the sensible middle ground I’ve been looking forut didn’t articulate properly (I blame the heat – and must climb on the roof to protest). Not ‘not’ hiring someone because they’re family but not only hiring them because they’re family either!

Skidbladnir 4:16 pm 30 Jan 09

Nepotism is around, but if the process is open enough to be able to show that the most appropriate applicant got the job and that they are qualified for the role, I have no major personal problems with it, so long as correct processes aren’t circumvented in executing said role.

BerraBoy68 3:41 pm 30 Jan 09

johnboy said :

BerraBoy68 said :

So if two highly competant people happen to be in a relationship, with one person having more power than the other, should we loose the competance of the less-powered person just to prove a point?!

Yes.

Sorry JB, I don’t agree. Why should we settle for the 2nd best person for any important position just because their boss also happens to be their employer.

If Ian was incompetant I’d have no hesitation in crying foul, but he’s not. He’s actually very good at his job.

johnboy 3:19 pm 30 Jan 09

BerraBoy68 said :

So if two highly competant people happen to be in a relationship, with one person having more power than the other, should we loose the competance of the less-powered person just to prove a point?!

Yes.

BerraBoy68 3:14 pm 30 Jan 09

So if two highly competant people happen to be in a relationship, with one person having more power than the other, should we loose the competance of the less-powered person just to prove a point?!

thetruth 2:26 pm 30 Jan 09

What is a bit distrurbing is that the laws were bought it to avoid nepotism – and within a few milliseconds Stanhope has showed the wway to get around it.

So whats the law worth? What a waste of time passing it – I would love to know how much it cost in public servant time assembly time – all for this to happen.

The tax law has division 4 A – which allows people to look past the black letter of the law and to the intent. If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck then in all liklihood it is a duck.

Is Canberra not distrubed that the pattern of behaviour of Stanhope it to use their tax dollars like his own – he appoints his political opponent just months out from an election to ensure that he is removed from the race and then bypasses is own anti-nepotism laws by appointing the husband of a close colleague.

I’m just waiting for a “don’t you worry about that”

bryansworld 12:16 pm 30 Jan 09

Irrespective of how good a job the man in qustion does, still looks like nepotism to me!

George 2:52 pm 29 Jan 09

I find Ian to be very competent and professional political operator and I am certainly not a Labor supporter. He has a common touch and I believe a lot of Mary’s success is due to him.

He has to be an asset for the Chief Minister’s office; especially considering some of the crap that has worked there before.

PM 12:21 pm 29 Jan 09

He’s a former Grassby colleague, back when the Grassbys ran the Belconnen Labor Branch.

BerraBoy68 11:17 am 29 Jan 09

I’ve had dealings with Ms Porters office and have also spoken to Ian. I have to say I have absolutely no problems with his professionalism or the role he was filling in her office.

All I can say is that Ms Porter’s loss is Mr Stanehope’s gain!

Mr Evil 10:53 am 29 Jan 09

So what’s he doing for Stanhope?

And what’s Penelope Layland’s new policy role – Poetry for the Masses?

54-11 10:46 am 29 Jan 09

Ian is actually highly regarded in these sorts of roles.

Another example of where mis-placed nepotism creates problems for the genuinely skilled.

jakez 10:08 am 29 Jan 09

The story on here was that he actually was qualified for the role in Porter’s office. I’m not sure how to feel about this. On one hand it feels like getting around the rules but on the other hand if the bloke can do the job then… maybe not so bad.

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