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Campbell refers new double-dipping allegation to auditor-general



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR IAN G. CAMPBELL SHADOW MINISTER FOR SPORT, RECREATION & YOUTH AFFAIRS

CAMPBELL REFERS NEW DOUBLE-DIPPING ALLEGATION TO AUDITOR-GENERAL

January 18, 1996

Fresh allegations of "double-dipping" in the Australian Public Service are being referred to the Auditor-General for investigation, the Federal Coalition said today.

Shadow Youth Affairs Minister, Senator Ian Campbell, said the allegations came in a letter received by his office this week from a Melbourne public servant.

It named two former employees of the Department of Social Security who it said took voluntary redundancy packages in June 1991, only to be re-employed by DSS.

The pair were re-hired two weeks later to do their old jobs where they remained for two years, the letter says.

It also named two senior officers from the DSS who it says arranged this "big favour".

A week ago, Senator Campbell called on Public Service Minister Gary Johns to answer similar accusations by a Canberra whistleblower that large numbers of public servants were being "packaged out" and re-hired.

He said the practice was depriving young people of job opportunities in the APS.

"Mr Johns said the allegations were baseless but it's interesting to note that the Auditor-General took the Department of Veterans Affairs to task for this very same practice in a report in late 1993," Senator Campbell said.

"These allegations show that public sector employment policies not only discriminate against the young but have put the APS in a state of turmoil."

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