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Zed claims vindication

By johnboy - 10 April 2012 21

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja has announced his take on the audit into his office’s timesheets, and he says it’s good news for him:

A detailed audit by a former Royal Commissioner into the office of ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja has found ‘no member of staff received any unintended payment or benefit to which they were not entitled.’

The report also confirmed ‘The office has acted very promptly in bringing the records up to date,’ and that ‘the records currently comply.’

Furthermore, the report has said ‘The audit team was of the view that overall Mr Faulkner probably had claimed less credit for hours than he had actually worked.’ It concluded that ‘available evidence supported the views expressed by Mr Faulkner.’

Mr Seselja said today’s findings are in stark contrast to the $15,000 in ACT Labor Minister’s staff were overpaid in undocumented leave, which the Auditor General found amounted to ‘improperly obtaining a benefit to which the employee is not entitled,’ and called on Katy Gallagher to apologise for her dishonest, cowardly and hypocritical smear campaign against the Opposition.

“This is a comprehensive vindication of the position I have put forward from day one, including extensive statements to the public and the Assembly,” Mr Seselja said. “I remain deeply disappointed that Katy Gallagher and the Greens chose to ignore this and push a taxpayer-funded inquiry which now has confirmed my statement to the Assembly some months ago.

Game on for the election then.

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21 Responses to
Zed claims vindication
chewy14 9:25 am 11 Apr 12

Gungahlin Al said :

I think it says something about how much Zed must have been sweating about an even worse outcome that he interprets this still damning judgement as a positive…

How is it damning?

The ALP and Greens claimed fraud had been committed, and as far as I can see from reading the CT report, it wasn’t.

Zed looks stupid for not running his office correctly, ALP/Greens look stupid for wasting their time on this.

Imbeciles, the lot of them. Can they all go back to trying to run the tin pot council now?

p1 9:23 am 11 Apr 12

neanderthalsis said :

At the ballot box, when faced with a Labor government that has failed to deliver any infrastructure project on time and on budget, has done a bodge job on pretty much everything they’ve handled and is in collusion with the Watermelons and an opposition that has some timesheet issues, the choice will be an easy one.

Vote Labor and Greens again ’cause that’s what Canberra does (lately)?

neanderthalsis 9:09 am 11 Apr 12

Thumper said :

c_c said :

This is confusing,

The statement above says “The report also confirmed ‘The office has acted very promptly in bringing the records up to date…”

But on ABC News just a minute ago, they said the report had stated the office was “too slow to fix the problem when asked.”

Are they talking about different things?

Also on ABC was Katy banging on that Seselja was still in the wrong. Work that one out.

Shades of Anna Bligh’s cries of corruption and dodgy dealings by Cambell Newman and his clan without any real evidence.

At the ballot box, when faced with a Labor government that has failed to deliver any infrastructure project on time and on budget, has done a bodge job on pretty much everything they’ve handled and is in collusion with the Watermelons and an opposition that has some timesheet issues, the choice will be an easy one.

johnboy 9:09 am 11 Apr 12

where’d you get your copy DF?

dungfungus 9:07 am 11 Apr 12

Gungahlin Al said :

I think it says something about how much Zed must have been sweating about an even worse outcome that he interprets this still damning judgement as a positive…

Only the “get Zed mentallity” Canberra Times and their rapidly declining numbers of devotees are claiming this as a “damning judgement” In fact, there is an innuendo in the report that certain people should think twice before they abuse parliamentary priveledge. Suggest you read the report in full and form your own conclusions.
I note johnboy has reserved any comment until he obtains and reads the report.

JessP 8:46 am 11 Apr 12

As Zed announced this I have to assume the report is positivr to the Liberals. I know that if the report had been negative to the Liberals then Katy/Labor would have been all over it like ants at a picnic.

Gungahlin Al 8:14 am 11 Apr 12

I think it says something about how much Zed must have been sweating about an even worse outcome that he interprets this still damning judgement as a positive…

c_c 9:06 pm 10 Apr 12

johnboy said :

I have asked the liberals for a copy of the report

lol, and if that doesn’t work there’s always FOI!

johnboy 8:27 pm 10 Apr 12

I have asked the liberals for a copy of the report

zippyzippy 8:22 pm 10 Apr 12

The way we will really find out what this means is to wait to see the report (is it available anywhere?). I find these media releases can make anything say anything.

bd84 8:15 pm 10 Apr 12

While the lack of prompt submitting of paperwork isn’t a good thing, it was a waste of time and money when it was always going to end up with no evidence of overpayment. If the employees are only paid for time worked, the lack of time sheets would have prevented any overpayment.

If Labor and the Greens were really interested in transparency of payroll payments, they would have opened their own records up to the same scrutiny. I suspect that the review of those records would have found exactly the same problems.

Thumper 7:11 pm 10 Apr 12

c_c said :

This is confusing,

The statement above says “The report also confirmed ‘The office has acted very promptly in bringing the records up to date…”

But on ABC News just a minute ago, they said the report had stated the office was “too slow to fix the problem when asked.”

Are they talking about different things?

Also on ABC was Katy banging on that Seselja was still in the wrong. Work that one out.

c_c 7:06 pm 10 Apr 12

This is confusing,

The statement above says “The report also confirmed ‘The office has acted very promptly in bringing the records up to date…”

But on ABC News just a minute ago, they said the report had stated the office was “too slow to fix the problem when asked.”

Are they talking about different things?

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 7:02 pm 10 Apr 12

Well, that sure backfired!

Thumper 6:57 pm 10 Apr 12

The Canberra Times will have this as front page news?

Gallagher and Hargreaves will apologise for their almost hysterical attack?

Somehow I doubt it.

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