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Tuesday, 1 February 1994
Page: 111

(Question No. 799)

Mr Hawker asked the Minister for Finance, upon notice, on 17 December 1993:

  (1) How many cases of fraud did the Government uncover in the Department or any agency for which the Minister has portfolio responsibility in (a) 1991, (b) 1992 and (c) 1993.

  (2) How many cases were successfully prosecuted.

  (3) What sums were recovered in (a) 1991, (b) 1992 and (c) 1993 from fraud cases.

  (4) What percentage of the total loss from fraud does the recovered sum comprise.

  (5) How many persons in the Minister's Department or in agencies for which the Minister has portfolio responsibility have been removed from employment for involvement in fraud.

  (6) Is the Minister able to say whether any person referred to in part (5) is still employed in the Australian Public Service.

Mr Beazley —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

  Department of Finance:

  (1) Nil.

  (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6) Not applicable.

  Retirement Benefits Office (RBO):

  (1) (a) 1991—8 (eight)

  (b) 1992—6 (six)

  (c) 1993—5 (five)

  (2) None. One court case, involving a stolen refund cheque was dismissed due to lack of evidence.

  The suspected perpetrator in another case died before the matter came before the court.

  The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have abandoned investigations in relation to another case on the grounds of prohibitive costs associated with attempting to locate the perpetrator.

  In all other cases, court appearances are pending or investigations are still being conducted by the AFP.

  (3) (a), (b) and (c)—Nil.

  (4) Not applicable.

  (5) None.

  (6) Not applicable.

  Australian National Audit Office (ANAO):

  (1) Nil.

  (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6) Not applicable.

  Commonwealth Funds Management Limited (CFM):

  (1) Nil.

  (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6) Not applicable.