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JUSTICE IS DONE: Hilikari held to account in Australian Senate by Helen Kroger

Alan Griffin staffer slack Mat Hilakari has been denigrated by a minister’s spokesman who insisted that the “adviser” was in fact a junior functionary who “worked in an administrative role answering phones and sorting mail in the minister’s electorate office in Melbourne.”

His trouble started with a VEXNEWS report detailing Hilakari’s involvement in persecuting a sick person because of her illness when they were both working at the notoriously corrupt Monash Student Association.

Patriot Liberal Senator Helen Kroger picked up on the scandal and spoke to it in the nation’s Senate where it is now recorded for posterity in Hansard.

Since then, the national wire service AAP picked up on her remarks in a nationally distributed story. We provide the full text of the wire story and Senator Kroger’s patriotic remarks.

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Fed: Libs drag Labor staffer into VSU debate
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CANBERRA, Aug 17 AAP – A Liberal Party senator has dragged a Rudd government staffer into the debate on compulsory student fees, saying he used student fee funds to pay expensive settlement costs when he ran a student association.

The conservative side of politics is opposed to a Labor bill, before the Senate, to allow universities to charge students up to $250 a year to help fund campus services such as child care and counselling.

Liberal senator Helen Kroger told the Senate that Mathew Hilakari, now an electorate officer for Veterans Affairs Minister Alan Griffin, had funelled $60,000 from students fee funds to pay legal and settlement bills when he was president of the Monash Student Association last year.

Mr Hilakari was sued for discrimination by a student association colleague in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).

Senator Kroger said Mr Hilkari and the plaintiff made a confidential settlement for an amount “rumoured to exceed” $40,000 before a full hearing of the tribunal was scheduled.

“How was this of any relevance?,” she said.

“The Monash Students’ Association partly bore the cost of this expensive settlement.”

Another $20,000 in legal bills was paid by the association, Senator Kroger.

“It is disgraceful that money of ordinary students can be used to assist people like Mr Hilakari,” she said.

“Even worse is the fact the government now wants to give universities the right, and I repeat the right, to life this money by force as a condition of enrolment from every student in the country.”

Mr Hilkari declined to comment when contacted by AAP.

A spokeswoman for Mr Griffin said Mr Hilkari worked in an administrative role answering phones and sorting mail in the minister’s electorate office in Melbourne.

She was unable to refute Senator Kroger’s assertions on the record.

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Discussion

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  1. What a left wing tosser.

    Posted by Leon Bertrand | August 19, 2009, 21:25
  2. Is his phone answering and mail sorting on top of the shoe polishing and bin emptying?

    Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2009, 22:11
  3. Ha! Even during my reign of error, I was never denigrated in the Senate

    Posted by Zoe Edwards | August 19, 2009, 22:13
  4. Given my involvement in the whole discrimination thing, I’ve got off very lightly indeed

    Posted by Julian Campbell | August 19, 2009, 22:13
  5. Fear not you two, your time will come.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2009, 0:01
  6. I was denigraded by my own absenses at Melbourne Uni. I hope nobody finds out about my STD.

    Posted by [deleted - impersonation] | August 25, 2009, 14:46
  7. Don’t hurt me I’m just a young lefty in Student Unity clothing.

    Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2009, 14:47

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