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PM's Code of Conduct a joke.

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KELVIN THOMSON Media Release from the Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Roads, Shadow Minister for Housing and Urban Development 10/02/2005


The attempt today by the Howard Government to justify its actions with respect to the Tumbi Creek fiasco has failed and the credibility of the Prime Minister's Code of Conduct is in tatters.

No credible explanation has been offered for the completely inappropriate wording of Special Adviser Graeme Hallett's email to Wyong Councillors urging them to "keep their counsel" so as not to lose the total funding announced by the Prime Minister in light of the natural flushing of Tumbi Creek by rain.

The email from Wyong Deputy Mayor, Cr Bob Graham, released today by Labor clearly demonstrates that Council was under pressure from so-called "Councillor" Hallett.

The Prime Minister has again failed to take action to uphold his Code of Conduct.

The Howard Government continues to make a mockery of good governance and probity standards in the expenditure of taxpayers' funds.

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