Labor is demanding an investigation into senior Liberals with links to travel business Helloworld in a dispute over whether the Australian ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, used his position to help the company.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended Mr Hockey in Parliament on Wednesday by insisting the ambassador did not tell staff to set up a meeting with the company in Washington DC, months before it bid for a lucrative government contract.
The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age revealed on Monday that Finance Minister Mathias Cormann and his family received free flights from Helloworld in 2017, months before the company won a contract with the Finance Department.
Then we have the mysterious case of Peter Dutton awarding a $423 million contract to an unknown company based at a beach shack on Kangaroo Island (SA) - via the Financial Review:
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has urged Australia to investigate the awarding of a $423 million Manus Island security contract to the “inexperienced and unknown” Paladin Group.
…”The department’s answers to questions during Senate estimates were completely unsatisfactory, and Minister [Peter] Dutton can no longer turn a blind eye.”
Then we also have Tim Wilson passing on information from a petition to a private company, Michaelia Cash refusing to co-operate with police investigating whether she released information to the press ahead of a police raid.
The fact that ScoMo is refusing to sack any of them is disappointing in the extreme.