Paul is optimistic to expect a response from Rob de …

Comment on Department mum on public funds paid to Deek by John Bell.

Paul is optimistic to expect a response from Rob de Castella. In nearly six years, Deek has never responded to any of my email queries. Not a single one. His lawyers do all the talking, and are now demanding that I sell my family home and pay Deek $88,000+ for the privilege.
My invoice for services as Project Coach is simple. I worked flat out like a lizard drinking for 505 working days, which Deek agreed I worked, between 1 April 2009 and 15 November 2010.
I leave it to any fair-minded lay observer who has seen the video “Running to America” which airs regularly on ABC TV (as recently as Easter Sunday 2016) to decide a reasonable daily rate that should be paid.
Current Indigenous Health Minister Nigel Scullion is reported in Alice Springs News Online recently saying that he signs all the cheques for grant funds to remote communities.
I would like to ask the former Minister, Warren Snowdon, Member for Lingiari, did he sign the cheques that went to Deek for his Canberra-based Indigenous Marathon Project in 2010?
When he was advised by Health of the Auditors’ findings in 2012, did Warren retrospectively approve Deek’s use of $228,000 from the grant funds for Deek’s personal remuneration between 1 July 2010 and 14 May 2012?
Did Warren retrospectively approve Deek’s drawing of $24,500 from the funds in 2011-2012 to pay his lawyers for his Tribunal actions against me in Canberra?
What happened to the $80,000+ that I have since discovered under FOI in Health and FaHCSIA was earmarked in the grant budgets of 2009 and 2010 by Deek for my services in my key Personnel role as Project Coach?
So many questions, so much official silence, so few answers.
So, Paul, I wish you good luck in your endeavour to obtain a response from Deek. You will need it.

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