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Federal dept investigates 17 fraud allegations



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Senator Grant Tambling Shadow Minister for Regional Development, External Territories and Northern Australia

Media Release

FEDERAL DEPT INVESTIGATES 17 FRAUD ALLEGATIONS

Seventeen allegations of fraud at Tindal had been investigated by the Fraud Control Unit of the Federal Administrative Services Department, Northern Territory Senator Grant Tambling revealed today.

Senator Tambling said the department had advised him that five matters remained under investigation while 12 were unsubĀ­ stantiated and/or lacking sufficient evidence to warrant

prosecution.

"Since I raised the issue of fraud allegations at the Tindal project, one contractor has been prosecuted and one former departmental officer faces trial in June 1991."

Senator Tambling said he had asked a wide range of questions relating to Tindal RAAF Base during the recent Senate Estimates Committee hearings in Canberra.

"On the issue of inadequate fuel storage facilities at the base, the Defence Department tells me that a contract for the construction of a second aviation fuel storage facility is under negotiation and should be let in April 1991.

"Similarly, the Defence Department is spending a total of $1.46 million on repairs and maintenance of defence housing at Tindal.

"The money has been set aside to repair defective

airconditioning systems, termite infestation, tiling, shower screen doors, drainage problems and peeling kitchen laminate in 379 houses built by Australian Construction Services at Tindal."

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