The investigation was to determine if indeed it was within her remit to buy $50K worth of Cartier watches. If I bought $50K worth of Cartier watches in my business, what do you think the ATO would say about it?
The figure you are quoting for the watches i have never seen before.Every article i have read or heard puts the amount at 20k or just a touch under(19,950).The figure you are quoting seems like the sort of fake news i would expect from Murdochs media or 2GB.
The figure quoted in parliament by Albo was $12k.
It’s clearly also fake news that the coalition are good with numbers or finance.
The $12,000 was based on Holgate’s evidence that they were worth about $3,000 each. It was then clarified that the total cost was $19,950. I had the misfortune of listening to some 2GB yesterday and heard figures of $20,000, $25,000 and $50,000 within the space of maybe 20 minutes…
Anyway, regardless of whether or not it was within her remit, I think it’s poor judgment to hand out bonuses in that form. If that is part of corporate culture then it’s stupid and has no place in a government-owned corporation. I don’t accept that ostentatious bonuses are required to attract talent: in fact I’d question the judgment of anyone who refused to take a job just because they weren’t going to be in line for an expensive watch.
Of course bonuses were in her remit. That’s the whole point.
Our own personal opinions on bonuses is irrelevant.
Irrelevant to what?
It’s a government owned organisation so I have an interest in it much like shareholders would have an interest in such conduct in a private corporation. CEO’s should have some sense of what is likely to alienate or annoy the ownership base and shouldn’t go out of their way to do it.
Alright, enough is enough. This thread by and large has been an absolute disgrace and more than half of the posts in this thread are nothing short of complete and utter garbage.
It ends now. Thread closed. If anyone wants to start a new thread, I suggest you think long and hard about it. Unless it is contains FACTUAL and RELEVANT information concerning Robbie Farah’s position at the Wests Tigers, it will be deleted. If anyone wants to argue, find another forum to post on.
OVERLOOKED in Ivan Cleary’s walkout at the Wests Tigers is the impact it has had on some of the players Cleary coaxed into joining the club, believing in what he was preaching.
Most notably Russell Packer.
Packer refused to speak to Cleary when news first emerged that the coach was potentially leaving for Penrith and, now that the news has been confirmed, any chance to repair the relationship has passed the point of no return.
The players are most upset that they bought what Cleary was selling, in some cases packing up their families to join the club.
That Cleary notified the players by text was also received poorly.
Oh and JT brought a 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake
Packer and Matulino are not playing for love.
They should be grateful to Cleary for the healthy contracts they got that encouraged them to sign with us, and should now be ready to lift their game under a coach who may demand a bit better from them.
There have been rocks (BJ, JTJ) and diamonds (Stefano, Laurie). We need more diamonds and to continue cleaning out the deadwood (Packer, Mbye etc). We have to put ourselves in the position to retain guys like Simpkin and that means winning. We have cash now and even more at seasons end - the strategic recruitment needs to continue. I have little doubt the quality of our first grade squad will be much better in 2022.
We definitely lack cohesion and its understandable 5 games in with the large turnover. It’s not an excuse however. It has been a tough start to the season with our draw. Will be interesting to see how our lineup has changed by round 10 and whether we have made any inroads as far as wins and at least putting decent performances together.
Just on Packer, I see he has just had ANOTHER operation (this time on his knee) to keep him out.
Surely we could get him medically retired now…he’s falling apart.
I get the feeling TNT is going to be on the side lines for a long time, so I think its going to be a long time before we see the two in action together sadly. On Lotte can only be a plus for the club on and off the field. Okay I would have loved to have Lima or Burgess but Lotte will go okay and a old head will be very handy out wide in those close games we always seem to loose
Not a WT article and hope it’s OK to post.
Just found this a good read in preference to our fluff pieces.
In the trenches as one: How Warriors rose from 2020’s darkest day
Dan Walsh NRL.com Reporter
Thu 27 Aug 2020, 04:41 PM
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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s youngest son started crawling for the first time last week, while his dad was more than 2000km away.
“Oh man, I think about going home all the time, especially when I’m watching a milestone like that on my phone,” the Warriors captain says.
"Just [the idea of] being with my kids and being with my partner.
"I’m pretty lucky. My partner, she’s a tough girl. She’s got her parents any my siblings back home helping out. If she wasn’t then it’d be a different story.
“But I’m just glad she’s got her support there and I’ve got mine here with my teammates.”
Tuivasa-Sheck is going on four months away from his young Auckland-based family, a sacrifice that will stretch past 150 days by the end of the regular season.
Warriors assistant coaches Stacey Jones and Tony Iro carry the same burden.
So too football manager Dan Floyd, gear steward Laurie Hale, head of performance Craig Twentyman, physio Jed Smethurst and half a dozen other club staffers.
Todd Payten’s wife and kids have touched down in Australia but are still in quarantine ahead of their entry into the Warriors’ COVID-19 bubble.
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Payten: We all know what we are walking into
A 50-strong contingent of players and staff on the Central Coast that endured one of the toughest periods in club history, an achievement in itself given the regular tumult and upheaval the Warriors have come to make their own over 25 years.
A series of sacrifices that has them still within striking distance of the finals – however unlikely a top eight surge may be – when many predicted a complete collapse by this point in the season.
A series of sacrifices that just might prove the making of the club, and the waking of the NRL’s long-regarded sleeping giant.
“There’s no window-dressing it. Earlier this year the club was at a pretty low point,” CEO Cameron George says from New Zealand.
Stephen Kearney was told his time was up in a mid-season call that bewildered some players and felt like a betrayal to others given his stature in camp.
Ninety points were conceded in losses to South Sydney and Melbourne either side of Kearney’s sacking.
“There comes a time when you’re bleeding, bruised and battered,” George says.
"You’ve got sleepless nights and you’re full of stress, and at that point you decide what you stand for.
"We have an exceptional group of men and women that got confronted with that, and they’ve decided what we stand for.
"There was a point in time where everyone accepted that the rest of this season was what it was, we weren’t going home.
"That acceptance took away the uncertainty. And when you’re thinking about that uncertainty, it’s hard to fully commit yourself to whatever you’re doing.
"Since then, there’s been a huge shift, on and off-the-field, in performance. They’re well and truly in the trenches together.
"The staff have done a wonderful job as a whole. There’s a huge contingent over there without family.
“They’re doing an amazing job at helping these players flourish under extreme and difficult circumstances. The boys are repaying that on the field, you can see the bond between all of them.”
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Warriors v Knights - Round 16
That bond is one Payten heard talked about often during his first 18 months with the club in Auckland.
But not until the Warriors relocated to keep the NRL season alive, committing to “living in each other’s pockets” along the way, did he see it truly take hold within his squad.
Tuivasa-Sheck, the multimillion-dollar face of the club, is seeing the same, a shift that keeps him from jumping on a plane across the Tasman.
“We’re finding that we’re all in this together, and it’s something no club has really done before,” he says.
"We’re all in the bubble together. So you either get sick of each other or you work out your issues. That’s what we’re doing.
"A lot of us don’t have family here. And yeah you do get sick of each other, all the time. But that’s how families work and that’s how you get through it.
"I’m proud that I’m here, and my family is too, sticking it out for the club. The way we’re playing and growing as a team, it makes it worth it.
“You know you’re doing it for the right reasons, it makes the weeks go a lot easier.”
Already though, despite the 2021 season still being seven months away, the Warriors are confronted with having to do it all again.
With international borders still closed and COVID-19 not going away anytime soon, George and club powerbrokers are doing their due diligence on relocation options for next year.
Tuivasa-Sheck and fellow senior leader Tohu Harris have both hosed down suggestions they would look to leave the Warriors if the club is forced to play out of Redcliffe or the Central Coast next year.
But a guarantee is just as hard to give when there is so little certainty about the Warriors scenario next season, as individuals and a collective.
“I’m playing for the Warriors and I’m just focusing on right now because that’s all we can do,” Tuivasa-Sheck says of reports Super Rugby’s Auckland Blues approached him about a 2021 code switch.
"There’s been no contact to me. I think it’s just people putting two and two together with where we are and what can happen.
“We actually don’t know what 2021 is going to hold, so you might as well enjoy what you can right now.”
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Match Highlights: Bulldogs v Warriors
There is no ill-feeling at all toward David Fusitu’a, Ken Maumalo, Leivaha Pulu, Agnatius Paasi or King Vuniyayawa – the five Warriors who returned home to be with their families a month ago.
There are several lessons learned if they’re asked to saddle up again under incoming coach Nathan Brown.
Significantly, there is also seven months to work with as well.
“We want to know now what we’re in for next year,” George says.
"There’s so many questions around it obviously, but there won’t be any last minute decisions.
"Once we have the info around that, once we’ve done the leg work, we’ll be able to present it to the players and go from there.
"One of the key learnings from this year is, if we go again, we go as one.
“Not trying to negotiate border exemptions in split groups, there’s a lot of things that we have the time to work out with certainty this time around.”
The only hesitation that I have with the Warriors is the slight hangover from the super league debacle, when as new teams, they and the cows went with the Murdoch/Ribot circus. The bulldogs and panthers etc will never be forgiven.
Conversely, a Bledisloe win would be a long overdue shot in the arm for union here.