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Tonkins Gardening Leave the Cheaper Option

By che - 2 May 2005 4

The Comrade tells everyone to read between the lines in this ABC story when he says that redeploying Rob Tonkin was the cheaper option rather than actually dismissing him or empolying him correctly but he doesn’t come out and say Gardening Leave.

But Mr Stanhope says the cost of sidelining Mr Tonkin would have been greater had he opted for a direct dismissal.

“I had no grounds on which to dismiss him and he might have sued at enormous cost to the ACT taxpayer,” he said.

“Look we can shadow box here around this. You know how the world works, I know how the world works.

“This is an artifice, it’s a confected set of objections to a difficult management situation.”

Difficult management situations require some real leadership and decisions but we’re not going to get that anytime soon.

We started watching this saga here and here.

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che 1:19 pm 03 May 05

he should have been found some actual work and made to do it to earn his pay just like the rest of us

David Heidelberg 10:34 am 03 May 05

Oops, I meant Che. Sorry.

I agree with your analysis though.

johnboy 7:55 pm 02 May 05


What’s it got to do with me?

Personally I think this issue just demonstrates Our Brave Leader’s “Have his cake and eat it” attitude to life in general and damn the consequences.

Makes a mockery his statements about the auditor when he was in opposition too.

Personally i prefer the amercian way where all senior positions are spilled with a change of administration.

at least it’s honest.

David Heidelberg 5:40 pm 02 May 05


What would have been the legal grounds for dismisal?

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