SACKING OF ROMAN
AN EXPLOSIVE unfair dismissal case looms with Roman Quaedvlieg set to be sacked today after stepping aside as the Border Force Commissioner 10 months ago over claims he helped his much younger girlfriend score a gig within the agency.
The decision to end his $618,000 role will be made by Governor-General Peter Cosgrove during a meeting of the Federal Executive Council in Canberra. He vehemently denies he was in a relationship with his girlfriend when she landed the job, but it’s understood a long-running inquiry found they had shared salacious exchanges before she was hired.
SIDELINED Border Force boss Roman Quaedvlieg is set to be sacked today by the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove during a meeting of the Federal Executive Council in Canberra.
The decision to terminate Mr Quaedvlieg’s $618,000-ayear contract is likely to lead to an unfair dismissal battle, with the Border Force Commissioner vehemently denying he was in a relationship with his current girlfriend at the time she got a job in his organisation at Sydney Airport in December 2016.
The Daily Telegraph exclusively revealed last month the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary Martin Parkinson’s report into Mr Quaedvlieg, 52, found he breached the public service Code of Conduct over his relationship with his younger girlfriend.
The report, which was completed in January, included intimate and salacious exchanges between Mr Quaedvlieg and his girlfriend before she started working for the organisation.
Dr Parkinson’s report examined whether the 52year-old improperly influenced her employment prospects and whether he properly declared and disclosed the existence of the relationship.
After reviewing Dr Parkinson’s report, the Attorney-General Christian Porter has formally recommended Mr Quaedvlieg’s employment be terminated.
Mr Porter’s review is understood to be on the agenda today at a meeting of the Executive Council. Only the Governor-General can sack Mr Quaedvlieg from his statutory position of Commissioner. Sir Peter is understood to be returning from a trip for the meeting, which will be held later than usual at midmorning.
Senior government sources told The Daily Telegraph it would be highly unusual for the Federal Executive Council not to accept the Attorney-General’s advice.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet said that there would be no comment on the timing or agenda of the meeting in line with usual practice.
The investigation into Mr Quaedvlieg has spanned 10 months. The powerful anticorruption agency, Australian Commission for Law Enforcement Integrity, is understood to have accessed the salacious communications between Mr Quaedvlieg and his girlfriend during the course of its investigation.
It made no corruption findings but is understood to have passed the information from its investigation onto Dr Parkinson, who examined it for any breaches of the public service Code of Conduct.
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