Howard praises centrelink tampering response
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed up Australia’s new Centrelink scandal by saying that the government’s response was “a lot better” than a previous “failed approach”.
Labor’s shadow treasurer Chris Bowen called on Mr Turnbull to “expose” his Centrelink chief executive, Chris Finlayson, for not properly investigating the fraud.
Federal Liberal MP Paul Flynn said the Coalition’s “failure” in the election had left him feeling his “blood pressure dropping”.
Mr Turnbull’s call came in response to a series of critical pieces in newspapers and radio on Friday on the “blunder-fumble” of Centrelink and the corruption claims against its chief executive, Chris Finlayson.
Earlier on Friday, the Herald Sun broke the story of the scandal, which prompted Labor backbencher David Feeney to call on Mr Turnbull to바카라 quit as leader.
Asked about Mr Finlayson, Senator Feeney said “we’ve learned in this room that [Mr Finlayson] 바카라사이트is going to face a serious question about what he knew about how this money was being spent before he was chief executive.
“The answers to that have to come from the chief executive if he doesn’t want to get involved.”
Earlier this year, Mr Turnbull responded to two separate allegations of tax avoidance by Mr Finlayson that resulted in him being convicted of criminal contempt.
He said there would “no doubt be repercussions” on anyone “acting or attempting to act in a way that may have had an adverse effect on those people”.
And in December, Senator Feeney said he did not support a further inquiry into allegations tha바카라t some Centrelink workers were pressured by management to give them extra money, despite the fact they had been “forced to spend some of their pay-pay-pay”.
ABC News’ Jeff Donovan, Matt Kelly, Simon Crean and Sam Colvin contributed to this report.