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    NSW Rugby Accused of Mishandling Government Funding

    ​THE New South Wales Rugby Union say a controversial loan made to former employee ​Jim Williams to help pay his mortgage did not come from a taxpayer-funded indigenous education program.
    Reports have emerged that former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones, in his former role as NSWRU chairman, approved a loan of $56,000 to Williams last year at a time when Williams was under severe financial stress.
    According to Fairfax, the money was drawn from Federal Government funds provided to NSWRU for the Learn, Earn, Legend initiative - a program that assists indigenous youth with schooling and post-education pathways.
    Williams, who was employed by NSWRU to run their Live, Earn, Legend program, approached long-serving NSWRU official Bruce Worboys last August seeking financial help. Farr-Jones admitted he approved “a short-term loan” for Williams without getting approval from the NSWRU board.


    http://www.news.com.au/sport/rugby/n...e95daecec00fe0

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    Ah that's a disappointment.


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    It seems NFJ has paid it back

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    It seems NFJ has paid it back
    Whats the pin number to your bank account? I need a short term loan but I'll pay it back eventually...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    It seems NFJ has paid it back
    Still, getting a Government Grant to fund a program for disadvantaged youth then using the money for something else is fraud and theft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    It seems NFJ has paid it back
    Just as soon as they were caught.

    No link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahard View Post
    Still, getting a Government Grant to fund a program for disadvantaged youth then using the money for something else is fraud and theft.
    Exactly, this is a fair bit worse than a helicopter ride. As the money wasn't just coming from a relatively generic expense pool. It had already been allocated and presumably budgeted for.
    Was there any adverse impacts to the program this money was for?

    And by not going to the board - was that action also illegal?
    There are checks and balances in place for a reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Was there any adverse impacts to the program this money was for?
    What other than the bloke being given an extra (approx) 1/2 a years' salary. an amount that could have employed a part time development officer to work directly with the program participants?

    I don't think so!

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    And by not going to the board - was that action also illegal?
    It depends on his JDF doesn't it, a CEO does have a certain license to make decisions without board approval, that's his job. If that wasn't the case, no decisions could be made without calling a special board meeting and business would grind to a halt.

    It doesn't make it NOT a case of defrauding the Australian Government though!

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    There are checks and balances in place for a reason.
    I assume that's the reason the story broke and therefore the reason that Nick has been forced to pay the money back.

    Honestly, you can see why they thought this was all OK, it appears to be the way NSW rugby has organised itself since 1874.

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    NF-J was chairman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    What other than the bloke being given an extra (approx) 1/2 a years' salary. an amount that could have employed a part time development officer to work directly with the program participants?

    I don't think so!


    It depends on his JDF doesn't it, a CEO does have a certain license to make decisions without board approval, that's his job. If that wasn't the case, no decisions could be made without calling a special board meeting and business would grind to a halt.

    It doesn't make it NOT a case of defrauding the Australian Government though!


    I assume that's the reason the story broke and therefore the reason that Nick has been forced to pay the money back.

    Honestly, you can see why they thought this was all OK, it appears to be the way NSW rugby has organised itself since 1874.
    i'm sure his financial delegation was all set up to use 'company' money for business purposes; so would love to see how he decided this was a business expense

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    i'm sure his financial delegation was all set up to use 'company' money for business purposes; so would love to see how he decided this was a business expense
    Oh, I wasn't suggesting it was in any way legal, or ethical, I was just answering the specific suggestion about him doing it without board approval. Since then shasta has corrected me and said he was chairman. In practical terms, he probably has less ability to make independent decisions than the ceo

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    thats it.Throw the Tahs out of the super comp.
    problem solved

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    keeps them in the comp

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokendown gunfighter View Post
    keeps them in the comp
    Makes our stay case stronger.

    Prepare for references to firepower from ES media to try and balance the scandal reporting

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