Walker’s job ads raise con­cerns

Newslink - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RACHAEL KELLY

A mem­ber of the Gore branch of the Na­tional Party is cry­ing foul about Par­lia­men­tary Ser­vices’ (PS) ad­ver­tise­ment for staff for Clutha-South­land’s MP Hamish Walker.

An ad­ver­tise­ment ran in The En­sign on Oc­to­ber 18 and 20, with a clos­ing date of 5pm on Oc­to­ber 22, giv­ing ap­pli­cants less than three work­ing days to ap­ply.

Peter Owens raised the is­sue with PS, say­ing he was ‘‘deeply con­cerned be­cause the ad in the pa­per on the 20th gave two work­ing days for peo­ple to ap­ply for the po­si­tion’’.

He was con­cerned, ‘‘given the strange cir­cum­stances in which the of­fice was con­ducted pre­vi­ously’’.

Owens emailed PS and was told the po­si­tion had been ad­ver­tised on an on­line re­cruit­ment website and Govern­ment Jobs from Oc­to­ber 6 to Oc­to­ber 22.

‘‘The com­bi­na­tion of on­line and print ad­ver­tis­ing (En­sign) re­sulted in a good num­ber of qual­ity can­di­dates to take through to the interview process,’’ PS en­gage­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Paul Walker said

In­ter­views were held in Gore on Fri­day and ref­er­ence check­ing of a short-list of can­di­dates was in process ahead of a fi­nal de­ci­sion be­ing made.

When ap­proached for com­ment on Mon­day, Walker said that all staff mat­ters should be directed to PS ‘‘as they are the em­ployer’’.

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