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Leak from Swan's office part of dubious Pattern of behaviour



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THE HON ANDREW ROBB AO MP Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction Chairman of the Coalition Policy Development Committee Federal Member for Goldstein

M E D I A R E L E A S E

Wednesday, 11 November 2012

LEAK FROM SWAN’S OFFICE PART OF DUBIOUS PATTERN OF BEHAVIOUR

The leak of grossly misleading Treasury analysis of Coalition policies from Wayne Swan‟s office is part of a dubious pattern of behaviour.

The Treasurer‟s office came clean after Trade Minister Craig Emerson pointed the finger at Treasury saying it was responsible, further highlighting the level of disarray within the government.

Former Treasury secretary Ted Evans, who also served under the Coalition, said today: “certainly I cannot recall an occasion of them (Treasury costings) ever being misused, which seems to have happened on this occasion”.

Shadow Finance Minister Andrew Robb, who headed the Coalition‟s policy unit during the 2010 federal election campaign, said this was part of a “dubious pattern of behaviour” from a desperate Treasurer.

“At the height of the last election campaign we were left with no alternative but to call in the Australian Federal Police to investigate the leak of a confidential Treasury note about our costings,” Mr Robb said.

That investigation all but confirmed that the leak had the finger prints of the Treasurer and his office all over it.

“This is part of the modus operandi of a Treasurer which includes abusing his office and compromising the Treasury to score cheap political points” Mr Robb said.

“It is a smoke screen to divert attention away from Mr Swan‟s mining tax debacle and his crab walk away from Labor‟s „not negotiable‟ surplus promise.

“These episodes show why you cannot trust any process involving Wayne Swan or his office,” Mr Robb said.

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