11th Feb 2018

The other secret Canberra office affair no-one is discussing

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Another secret Canberra affair
Ben Hocking

While the Barnaby Joyce sex scandal continues to roll on in Canberra, there has been another story bubbling along under the surface for much longer that points to a systemic problem in Canberra.

Australian Border Force (ABF) Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg is believed to have now accrued more than $400,000 in salary payments while on leave, as an external investigation into his personal conduct drags on into a new year.

Under Senate estimates questioning last October, then-Immigration Department secretary Mike Pezzullo publicly confirmed the few facts that are known about the ABF Commissioner's extended paid leave, which is now into at least its ninth month.

"The leave commenced in, I would have to refresh my memory, the latter part of May or possibly the early part of June," Mr Pezzullo told the 2017 parliamentary hearing.



According to the ABC, Mr Quaedvlieg's alleged relationship with a member of the ABF is being examined by the Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, but this has never been officially acknowledged.

The allegation is that Mr Quaedvlieg had helped a junior staff member, with whom he was in a relationship, obtain a job at Sydney Airport.

He has denied the allegation from the outset, arguing internally that he took steps to put himself at arm’s length from the process and that his partner was elected on merit.

During the October Senate estimates hearing, Labor senator Kim Carr referred to the allegations while questioning the Departmental Secretary.

"The allegation is with regard to a relationship between staff members, is it not?" Senator Carr asked.

"I've seen press reporting to that effect," Mr Pezzullo replied during his estimates appearance.

"I'm not going to comment on that press reporting."

To date, Mr Quadvileig's only public comments on the matter have been through a statement to The Australian newspaper last year in which he insisted he had not acted inappropriately and expected to return to his post as ABF Commissioner.

“I’m looking forward to an early exoneration and resuming my public service career and contributing to Australia’s national security,” he told The Australian.

With the Joyce situation continuing to play out, many on social media and the Canberra press gallery are pointing out the differences in standards being applied to the two public servants.

While Mr Quadvileig has been forced to take leave while the situation is investigated, Joyce continues to serve while making excuses about exactly when his staffer became his partner, even as new revelations come to light regarding extra time he spent in Canberra when Parliament was not sitting.

According to The Age, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce charged taxpayers to spend 50 nights in Canberra when Parliament was not sitting in the first nine months of 2017.

Official expense records show Mr Joyce claimed $16,690 in travel allowance for out-of-session nights in the nation's capital between January 1 and September 30, 2017. That is significantly more than top government figures such as Treasurer Scott Morrison, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have claimed.

What do you think? Is there a double standard when it comes to politicians and affairs with their staff? Should Barnaby Joyce step down or resign?

 

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tisme
14th Feb 2018
9:39am
non will suffer financially Barnaby leaves he will retire comfortably
kika
17th Feb 2018
2:57pm
no worries. his pal gina will give him a job.
disillusioned
14th Feb 2018
9:43am
More money from the Public Purse going into enquiries about the Public Purse being rorted, while the rorters quietly go on rorting. What a misnomer (and a joke!) the term "public servant" has become! With these bods-at-the-top seeming to to serve themselves first, then their cronies (including girlfriends/boyfriends) etc. with a trickle of the taxpayers dollars going down to the public, whom they are supposed to serve. Is this what the LNPs refer to as "the trickle down effect"? Seems to be working very well at the top end of the Federal Public Service, at least!
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
11:27am
Sounds like police investigating police......
CoogeeGuy
14th Feb 2018
9:55am
The ABF Commissioner is not at fault, the investigation is protracted and strung out. I suggest any person Theo is under investigation, would like it dealt with as quickly as possible, so they can move on in life. The Commissioner is entitled to receive his basic rate of pay during this process, like anyone in the workforce. So there is no news here, move on.

As for Barnaby Joyce. A wise man once said, “Judge not, lest you be judged”. Mr Joyce is an unfortunate victim of this statement. He has made comments promoting marriage between a man and a woman, along with the sanctity of family values, and denounced same sex marriage, thus suggesting the GLBTI Community are lesser people than the rest of the community, and should not be enitled to get marriage and celebrate their love for each other. I think we all can learn a very valuable lessen from Barnaby Joyce’s predicament. Do not point the finger, and/or judge anyone for their mistakes or poor life choices or predicament, as you or a close family member may find themselves in a similar position in the near future. Barnaby made poor decisions, based on the values he publicly promotes. We all make mistakes. We all make poor decisions, and make poor judgements. That is what makes us human. We all live, and learn. No one, including Mr Joyce, should be crucified for living his life the way he chooses. The way the media is pursuing, attacking and intent on destroying Barnaby Joyce’s life is not only offensive, but criminal as far as I am concerned. I think I can safely say, we the public are more sickened by th behaviour of the media, than Mr Joyces poor life decisions and/or behaviour. We are all human, and we have, and will, make mistakes in life.
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
11:30am
It's the use (or misuse) of public funds in creating and otherwise finding lucrative positions for cronies that is the issue here... in Joyce's case there is also the issue of his use of travel entitlements to stay near his mistress when he should have been 'home'.

Those are serious enough to get any normal person sacked.
ex PS
15th Feb 2018
9:29am
TREBOR, I disagree, it is time for us to start calling it out for what it is, THEFT. And as such it should be a mandatory gaol sentence, there used to be an offence "Stealing as a servant in a position of trust" it implied a worse offence than common theft as it entailed using a persons or entities trust against them. In this case that is exactly what this stupid little man has done to the taxpayer.
The issue is not about sex, it is about theft of public money. The Right is hell bent on making it about sex in order to divert attention away from the real issue of theft.
Glen48
14th Feb 2018
10:03am
We have the best money can buy,,
Ausdigga
15th Feb 2018
8:24am
Rubbish pay gets rubbish pollies, but we are paying a premium to employ idiots
Tygee
14th Feb 2018
10:34am
We need a strong Prime Minister who says firmly...'For goodness sake, let's get on with running this country, and let these people sort out their own lives. As long as they are doing a good job, it's okay with me.'
marls
14th Feb 2018
11:17am
tygee

as a retired govt employee my dept had total control of my personal life they determined who and who i could not associate with 24hrs 7 days a week and also under no circumstances bring the dept into public for negative media it was part of the code of conduct etc etc
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
11:30am
As long as they pay for their private lives themselves.....
KSS
14th Feb 2018
1:04pm
And you can vouch for every single person in that department never, under any circumstances, ever fraternising with anyone they shouldn't, right marls? I bet those were the days before smartphones, social media and the internet!
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
1:29pm
I 'fraternised' with one fine lass.... and she with me .. equal responsibility. It had its very fine moments..... and more than one marriage came out of that workplace....

marls - I am concerned about your description of 'government employee', as I am about your statement that it 'controlled' your private life to a huge degree 24/7.

Only the secret services do that kind of thing, for good reason, and you would not even be mentioning such things if those applied here.

P.S. I'm an outsider here........... ask anyone who knows me.
Knows-a-lot
14th Feb 2018
3:22pm
Strong PM: Bill Shorten.
ex PS
15th Feb 2018
9:40am
Misusing public funds to set up your girlfriend and letting a rich land developer pay your rent is not doing a good job. I can remember another politician who was crucified on this site for letting a business man pay his bills, how soon we forget, or is right and wrong decided by whether you vote for the Right or the Left?

I met my wife at work but we never had anything but a professional relationship in the workplace, in this day and age I would guess that more relationships are started at work than anywhere else. But that is not the issue, like others I did not expect the tax payer to provide my girlfriend with high paying jobs that were not provided after due process was followed. In fact no one at work had a clue about our relationship until the engagement was announced.
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
11:26am
What better position can there be in a Third World Country than in politics or as part of the senior public service - positions in which you get to shuffle around billions of dollars without risking one dollar of your own - and even get paid for the privilege. In allthat shuffling, it is always easy to direct some of those billions to areas which will directly benefit mates, the old boys/girls network(s), cronies and family.

One has to query what the REAL qualifications of this Roman character were for the job in the first place... he has all the hallmarks of being just another Mediterraneo of one kind or another - the most cunning group on earth, who know full well that in any controlled democracy (sic) the path to power and riches is to control the reins of government.

What HAS our 'government' done to us?
Knows-a-lot
14th Feb 2018
3:23pm
Vote ALP next time.
Alky
14th Feb 2018
5:30pm
TREBOR, our govt has done to us exactly what Barnaby Joyce was doing to his girlfriend to get her preggers.

Now that his travel rorts have been made public, they should create a Centrelink debt and let the debt collectors get all that money back. What's good for the goose and all that....
Charlie
14th Feb 2018
11:42am
What a sensationalist news article, whether someone is cheating on their wife or spending the taxpayers money in a brothel, it always sells newspapers.
arbee
14th Feb 2018
9:56pm
Yes Charlie, and this left wing rag is always the first to repeat these sorts of articles.
Old Dog
14th Feb 2018
11:46am
There is no question in my mind that Joyce should step down. Not because he has had an affair (good God, so did I once) but because of all of the lies and deceit that has been associated with that affair. He posed as a "happy family unit" for the by-election when, apparently, nothing could have been further from the truth. He complained about media attention, saying that it was a private matter; sorry Barnaby, when you are a public figure anything and everything is fair game. Leave before you are pushed.
Knows-a-lot
14th Feb 2018
3:25pm
"Not because he has had an affair (good God, so did I once)"

A dog act, Old Dog.
elephants
14th Feb 2018
11:46am
HOW DISGRACFUL. WE SEE ON THE NEWS AGED CARE FEEDING OUR ELDERLY FOR $6 A DAY- & THESE FAT CATS ARE RECEIVING 400.000 ON LEAVE . HOW TERRIBLE IS HE GOING TO REPAY THE MONEY IF HE IS GUILTY. ..NO WAY HOW THAT MONEY COULD BE HELPING SO MANY. HOPE YOUR PROUD OF YOURSELVES DOWN THERE IN CANBERRA
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
11:49am
Overpaid, over-rated, and over us.... that's their problem.
Knows-a-lot
14th Feb 2018
3:26pm
Shoot the lot of them and start again. Same fate for anybody who emulates those shot.
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
11:54am
Perhaps the only solution is to totally outlaw relationships within departments etc... sounds draconian, but how do you prevent this kind of thing happening? You enter a relationship, one of you immediately resigns or is transferred elsewhere into a GENUINE position fitting qualifications and experience etc.

Knowing what I know of the public service, qualifications are a very strange breed of thing, and far too subjective and based on the fundamental inability of those overseeing the show to see what is happening in front of them, thus forcing them to rely on bullshit qualifications.. same with experience and ability... you promote monkeys, you get troops of monkeys promoted.

Monkey see, monkey do.... has a new meaning in the PS. Say the right words, do the right things, and away you go, while the quiet achievers who plug away assiduously are overlooked and even shunned.
Alky
14th Feb 2018
5:34pm
The public service the world over works on the theory that the people who are good at their work stay put. The absolute idiots are promoted to get rid of them. I have yet to see any evidence that this practice has changed over the years
BillF2
14th Feb 2018
12:23pm
Like most governments around the world, the Australian government suffers from a lack of honesty and integrity. Any aspiring politician with noble intentions soon becomes part of the cesspit or is pushed out. As there are (naturally) no laws or regulations governing political parties, they are free to do whatever they please. And they do, believing it is their inherent right to control the country and reap the benefits. It is only the fear of losing power at an election that constrains their behaviour. But, in the meantime, using the systems they have established, they make sure they don't miss out on any lurks and perks, richly rewarding or compensating themselves at every opportunity. (It has been said that parliament and the public service is like a septic tank - the biggest turds float to the top).
Of course there is a double standard when it comes to parliamentarians and the rest of the country. Just ask yourself 'how many laws and regulations that parliament devises actually affect the people who devise them?'
The problem is that, even if BJ were to resign, it wouldn't change anything. To quote Donald Trump, the swamp, or in this case the cesspit, needs to be drained. But who is going to do it?
One short-term solution to excessive expense claiming is to require politicians to pay for all their expenses out of their own pockets, and then make a claim for reimbursement, providing all the receipts as evidence. After all, everyone else has to do it this way. Why can't they?
Tib
14th Feb 2018
12:27pm
If the investigations are about rorting the system or corruption then I support any investigation. If it's about people's private lives with no sign of corruption then mind your own business.
Polly Esther
14th Feb 2018
2:11pm
100%
Go to the top of the class :-)))
Tib
14th Feb 2018
5:13pm
I'm normally at the back of the class with the other ratbags. Don't you spoil me :)
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
10:33pm
I was one of the top three IQs in a school of 1200.... I always sat at the back with the rat bags and we had a crew named The Three Musketeers who never abided by the rules if we could avoid it... we were the only three not made prefects...... what a hoot!
dontwantwun
14th Feb 2018
12:39pm
Apart from his complete lack of morals and ethics barnyard J is also an Environmental Vandal with 4 daughters plus yet another one on the way.
Can`t he control anything?
KSS
14th Feb 2018
1:06pm
I think the wife also had something to do with the 4 daughters dontwantwun!
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
1:31pm
It's the right of the Rajah to spread his seed around..... BJ should be entitled to a harem.....
Polly Esther
14th Feb 2018
2:07pm
I blame Tony Abbott. He is to be blamed for everything :-)))
LOL for goodness sake.
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
2:55pm
... and the feminists - don't forget the feminists....

... and the globalists - can't leave them out......
Knows-a-lot
14th Feb 2018
3:28pm
Barnyard is about right. What a scumbag. He and his offspring should be sterilized.
Alky
14th Feb 2018
5:37pm
If BJ had been content to just settle for a bj, none of this would have come to light....
gramps
14th Feb 2018
12:53pm
I agree with Coogee Guys comments.
All the hysteria about a personal matter is overshadowing those things that need attention right now.
The Daily Telegraph and other Murdoch publications would serve the community better by continuing to highlight what needs to be done with costs of living rather than continuing to belt on all the time about an issue that has little relevance to most people.
Leave them to sort their own affairs out .
KSS
14th Feb 2018
1:08pm
It just shows what a nothing agenda the Opposition and Greens have that they can afford to waste time on all this 'gotya' rubbish.
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
1:32pm
It's more than just their affair if the boss of the department has been stood down with pay........
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
1:33pm
... and the Opposition and the Greens have nothing to do with it - it is an internal matter involving investigatory bodies.... and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the department and of the public service....
KSS
14th Feb 2018
2:54pm
So why are the Opposition and Greens asking so many questions in Parliament taking time away from more pressing business such as ....oh I don't know..... aged pensions for example!
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
3:02pm
Because it's their job to ask questions...

I, for one, would be happy to see any such vendetta backfire on some of those from Labor and Greens anyway - over the same or similar issues...

However - someone else mentioned the near lack of accountability of parliamentary parties..... only under extreme pressure do they move against their own perks and rorts..... and that pressure can only come from ongoing public protest carried over to the ballot box.....

Otherwise we run the risk of a revolution and control of the country by a small group of perhaps well-intentioned but badly based in realities people.... and you know where that can lead...

It starts with simply shunning those who disagree or dissent....... then moves to outlawing them..... you know the rest by now..... and it's always done in the name of the greatest good as perceived by those with the guns and power.......... even the metaphorical guns such as the 'right' to make legislation and pass it..... often and correctly labeled 'a continuation of war by other means'...

If you doubt me for one second, review the never-ending and escalating war between men and women created by the same style of 'governance'...

The Forever War - apologies to Joe Haldeman, a Veteran of Vietnam (101st Airborne Engineers)... good read, though.
Radish
15th Feb 2018
7:24pm
Bill Shorten ought to be very careful. His dirty laundry may suddently come to light!
froggy
14th Feb 2018
1:09pm
People elected to office must undergo an induction course on issues that are likely to be against the prevailing code of conduct for superiors and subordinates cohabitating.the military does so and enforces it rigidly.
KSS
14th Feb 2018
1:13pm
That's why there is no sexual abuse in the military right froggy?
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
1:35pm
Not sexual abuse - that's a different issue. Misuse of position is such a thing, and the most obvious way to prevent such things is to forbid and make it an offence to engage in relations between superior and subordinate.

I cited yesterday a US Air Force officer woman sacked for a relationship with an enlisted man, even though she was not his direct superior.
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
1:38pm
Sexual relationships between consenting equals in the forces is overlooked, as long as it does not interfere with duties.... it is inevitable that when you thrust men and women into positions where they must trust each other and work together, things will happen and nature will take its course.

It wasn't that long ago we had the scandal at the DFA with that silly girl cadet sleeping with another cadet... and the 'sin' was that he recorded it and his mates watched. Otherwise it would have gone unnoticed or simply overlooked.

Are you arguing for no women in the forces, KSS? That'd solve the problem immediately.
KSS
14th Feb 2018
2:53pm
So the girl cadet was 'silly' TREBOR sleeping with another cadet but not the male cadet? And surely you mean the 'sin' was that he got caught having uploaded the illicitly filmed event!

And no I am not arguing for no women in the military just arguing that that the code of conduct as described by foggy applying to superiors and subordinates is not in fact enforced 100% of the time. Nor can it be: consider the situation where one half of a couple is promoted. Does that mean they must now divorce or leave the military? I don't think so.
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
3:09pm
Indeed she was - if she'd had any sense she would not have ever entertained the idea. I didn't say the male cadet was not silly as well - talk about an immature private school twerp... Jesus God... where is Charlie Green when you need him?

I'm glad to see that you do not advocate extreme measures such as sacking women en masse from the armed forces, or automatic transfer or resignation.

So what is the concept of a code that is required? I'm interested....

It should be simple enough - no corrupt or even possibly corrupt action such as transfer for personal convenience (as in Barnes getting the squeeze out of the way during his crisis), or finding a job at lucrative remuneration for them.

There should not be even a whiff of such conduct.... and the issue is that the political class and the public service consider it well within their rights to use these things paid for out of the public purse whenever it suits them.

Plenty more where that came from.... always ... out of the public pocket,and then they whine about borrowing to pay pensions and to support those their claimed policies on employment have thrown on the bread line.....
johnp
14th Feb 2018
2:01pm
Something has got to be done about all this rorting going on as the allowances are too lenient in their extent and way too exorbitant. Trouble is short of some sort of revolution I am afraid that the alternative party will also come up short.
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
3:10pm
Don't forget the appointments to QANGOs and to lucrative positions such as Fat Joe's in Washington or on special commissions which pay well and continue to offer PS super rights........ (cringe)
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
3:12pm
QANGO - Quasi-Autonomous Non-Government Organisation..... for those who don't know.... see Human Rights Commissions, Industrial Relations etc commissions, politician salary setting commissions etc.........
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
3:14pm
... and the contract process whereby the fattest contracts worth billions somehow magically fall to the old mates etc...

Let us now pause and define what are Cronies.....

My view - old mates, lobbyists, donors, old boys/girls clubs, family and friends...... a corn flakes competition would exclude them from running........ family anyway.... and if a clear interest is evident, the same rule applies.....
Knows-a-lot
14th Feb 2018
3:21pm
Not a secret any more... Anyway, who cares? It only matters if the taxpayer has funded it.
heemskerk99
14th Feb 2018
7:25pm
halo, labor mick must have called in sick and is using his alias tremor as his spokesman, identical twins, makes no difference he still talks nonsense, however love the intelligence of "knows a lot of nothing", lives up to that reputation by stating "strong pm, vote billy shorten, as for knowall calling jb a scumbag, did shortie not leave his wife and took off with his secretary while still married, oh I forgot that is allowed if you belong to the labor party as was shown by the behaviour of bob hawke, keating, to-days labor's opposition treasurer burke, don't forget the affair of gareth evans with the leader of the australian democrates which became the deadknell of that party and so the list goes on, the foul language used by k.a.l shows the class of persons these columns have to put up with.
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
8:45pm
Do you actually speak English to go along with your jabber, wocky?

I never said any of those things..... I don't take sides at all other than against wrongdoing .. so don't mention me again in that context. I've never called BJ a 'scumbag' - either here or anywhere else, and all I've done is post facts and say that the kind of behaviour exhibited is wrong and needs to be fully investigated, and if found guilty, he should go.

I know you have no idea, but sites such as this have ways to see if an account is a duplicate/sock or whatever stemming from the same source... just letting you know. My account stands alone and has nothing to do with anyone else, same as mick, KAL and all the rest as far as I am aware.

Where's your mate Roby? Oh - yes - Friday afternoon on his way home while stopped at the pub skulling a few with his mates and going 'herh, herh' while baiting the old bastards online ... we'll expect him then.
TREBOR
14th Feb 2018
9:16pm
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
ex PS
15th Feb 2018
9:44am
H99, how many of the people you mentioned had high paying jobs provided for their girlfriends at our expense?
HS
14th Feb 2018
9:29pm
The answer is obvious. He has to resign. He is a disgrace to the integrity and moral conduct of his office and to his high position as the Deputy Prime Minister. As Dastyari was tempted by the communist Chinese connections Barnaby was tempted by sex. What if she was the modern day Mata Hari? Not saying she is but what if she was? Good politicians are beyond approach. Weak minded politicians always succumb to temptations.
Eddy
15th Feb 2018
12:04am
Mr Joyce will not resign unless he is forced to do so by the political equivalent of 'at gunpoint. He chooses to put his own self interest above that of the government, the PM or his party. He is, in my opinion, a classic narcissist who thinks only of himself and what is good for him with total disregard for anything else. He seems to be a person to whom ethical responsibilities are no impediment to his self gratification.
During the citizenship debacle he doggedly refused to stand down from his position when other lesser, more honourable, mortals either stood down or resigned. He ratted on his wife and daughters and then, if news reports are to be believed, used taxpayers funds to finance his 'affair'. It is time for him to fall on his sword and take the heat off the PM, the government and his party, it is the only honourable thing for him to do.
Spitfire
19th Feb 2018
7:56am
Joyce has demonstrated the perfect characteristics for a politician, by being the perfect rat bag to his family, to his political party, to the nation. I'm sure that if his history were to be investigated many more issues would become apparent.
Radish
15th Feb 2018
12:50pm
I have been wondering when someone would comment on this one ...the Border Force guy. Funny how the media pick and choose what they want to report.
mogo51
15th Feb 2018
4:47pm
The pigs are pushing each other aside to get to the trough. What a pathetic bunch we have running this country.
Finni
16th Feb 2018
12:48pm
he should fired, no payout, there appears to be separate rules for us poor pensioners, trying to live on our pensions after we reach 65
If our politicians retire after 2 terms or are kick out they can take their pensions and what ever benefits they can get that i don't know abouts

If you did this trick in private industry you be asked to leave very quickly
Alexia
16th Feb 2018
3:49pm
Unfortunately corruption is rife in our government, I am ashamed to be Australian and abiding by the laws of this jokers.
Are the public in our country really that spineless that those people are voted in? And also not dismissed when misbehaving so badly? In any other type of work they would be in the street in a minute if not doing their job and behaving respectfully.
We need a radical change, we need a just and honest government that gives equal rights to the public and pays reasonable salaries to all and not excessive amounts to themselves.
Why is the public suffering while those men and women live in luxury (paid by us, the taxpayers) and why they get excessive raises in an already enormous salary every year while others, such as older pensioners live in misery and from pay to pay, when they worked all their lives and need to be respected and considered valued at their old age?
hy do we live with all this misery and corruption? Are we becoming a third world country living under a dictatorship?
disillusioned
16th Feb 2018
5:53pm
Why not suspend them WITHOUT PAY while the investigation is on, then reimburse them if they are found to be innocent? Seems to me that this would save the taxpayer a helluva lot of mucking around, and might make these self-important idiots think twice about serving the public (what a novel idea for these top public servants!?!) rather than serving themselves.
johnp
17th Feb 2018
9:47am
Agree with most here and on other similar forums over the years. Basically at wits end now with all their misuse of public funds, rorting, plundering public purse etc. Time for a revolution, how do we get together and arrange that ?
Fair Dinkum
18th Feb 2018
8:10am
Barnby should be made to pay back all the money is has been paid for his accommodation and other non politcal business and then get on with his job .his private life should be kept private
johnp
18th Feb 2018
8:47am
Yep, agree. Lot of "jobs for the boys" going on. But in this case "Jobs for the girls" (girlfriend) !
KB
19th Feb 2018
11:20am
Barnaby Joyce should step down . Ironic though he will retire comfortably The main issue her is t misused taxpayers funds for his affair,
KeWi
20th Feb 2018
10:52am
Interesting point raised by someone in The Age the other day - Mr Joyce has only legally been in his current position for a few weeks - so does that mean this week off is without pay as he would not have any leave accrued?


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