Perksgate – how Federal Politicians are above the law.

“As elected officials holding public office, Parliamentarians are expected to act with integrity in accordance with the public trust placed in them.”

Page 12, Auditor-General Report No.3 2009-10. Audit Report – Administration of Parliamentarians’ Entitlements by the Department of Finance and Regulation. (a.k.a. the “Perksgate” Report)

In July 2009 Federal cabinet received a report from the Auditor-General in which 144 politicians were alleged to have engaged in the organized rorting of $4.64 MILLION!  In Septenebr 2009 I asked the Federal Police to investigate this rorting. There response is set out below without comment.

Good afternoon Mr Medlicott,

I refer to your correspondence dated 11 September 2009 in respect to ‘Perksgate’.

The AFP Operations Coordination Centre Client Liaison Team assess correspondence from the public taking into account a number of factors including the gravity/sensitivity of the matter, the current investigational workload and whether Commonwealth laws have been breached.  Each case is assessed and a decision is made as to the appropriate response.

The assessment process of your matter included considerations that you are onforwarding information which you have apparently seen in the media and which has been the subject of political debate and inquiry.  As you yourself identify, this matter has been the subject of an Auditor-General report.  Where matters are the subject of an Auditor-General investigation it is not necessary for members of the public to advise the AFP of this; government protocols exist for this purpose.

As per previous advice to you in July 2004, the AFP will not accept matters for investigation on the basis of third hand correspondence of matters in the public domain.

Further correspondence from you will be recorded by the AFP for future reference however no response will be provided.

Yours sincerely,


FEDERAL AGENT JEFF PEARCE
CLIENT LIAISON – OPERATIONS COORDINATION CENTRE
CANBERRA OFFICE

www.afp.gov.au

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