The Canberra Times is twisting the knife they’ve shoved into Liberal Leader Zed Seselja’s guts by questioning just which community groups director of electorate services Tio Faulkner has been spending his time with?
It’s an important question because according to Zed he’s been so busy “out in the community” that he’s never seen at the place of work he draws an ACT taxpayer funded salary from and in fact was so busy he couldn’t get his timesheets in for 22 months:
More than 20 community groups around Canberra say they have had no dealings with Tio Faulkner in his taxpayer-funded role as director of electorate services for Canberra Liberals’ leader Zed Seselja.
Most of the 22 community and professional groups, industry associations and lobbyists contacted by The Canberra Times said they had never heard of the Canberra Liberals president at the heart of the controversy engulfing Mr Seselja’s office.
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Zed in turn says it was other community groups but, sadly, none he’s willing to name.
The real next stage in this saga now that Zed has explained himself to the Assembly [ABC article] will be when an auditor goes over 8 odd man years of backdated timesheets and cross references those probable fantasies to the cold hard reality of building and computer access logs.
Zed is trying to inoculate himself from that:
But he has cast doubt on the methods that will be used to track attendance, including a check of computer log-ins and swipe card access.
He says that is of little use when staff are required to work off-site.
Don’t worry though folks the ABC reports Zed says:
“At all times I’ve been satisfied that staff have been gainfully and appropriately employed,”