‘MISAPPROPRIATION... ON A MASSIVE SCALE!’

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 29/09/2004 - 18:14

"The proposed full sale of Telstra is yet another example of non-accountability by the Federal Government and demonstrates utter contempt for taxpayers," said Selwyn Johnston, an Independent Senate Candidate for Queensland.

SELWYN JOHNSTON
Independent Senate Candidate
QUEENSLAND INDEPENDENT SENATE TEAM NEWS RELEASE

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Selwyn Johnston
Queensland Independent Network
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Wednesday 29 September
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"As is the approximately $20,000 million a year of federal spending that may be unconstitutional and liable to legal challenge by Australia's taxpayers, according to two experts on Australia's Constitution and Commonwealth finances," said Selwyn Johnston.

"Clerk of the Senate, Harry Evans, and former assistant secretary of the Department of Finance, Maurice Kennedy, have made startling {*} submissions to the Joint Public Accounts and Audit Committee that examined practices in government finances adopted by the Howard government in 1999."

"The focuses of their criticisms are 260 special accounts that the government set up in 1999 to give departments and Ministers more discretion over spending."

'On one view, the creation of special accounts amount to a scheme for money to bypass sections 81 and 83 (of the Constitution).'

'It is probably only a matter of time before someone challenges the legality of some government expenditure on this basis,' said Mr Evans, senior constitutional advisor to Senators.

Under Australia's Constitution, Parliament must 'appropriate' (authorise) all government expenditure.

"$20,000 million a year of taxpayer's money misappropriated, every year since 1999, now that's contempt for Australian taxpayers on a massive scale!" concluded Selwyn Johnston.

{*} Source... Commonwealth of Australia, Joint Committee of Public Accounts and Audit, Submission No. 1

Selwyn Johnston can be contacted on either 07 4056 6057 or 0418 243652

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