What is the “Minchin Protocol” that was denied to Mr Peter Slipper?

Matty Horan – A former Press Gallery gun specialising in political rorts.

Matty Horan explained on Twitter:

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Former Senator Nick Minchin was forced to repay $3,150 in travel allowances after admitting he breached a parliamentary convention during the election campaign in 1996.

The convention says that ministers and shadow ministers are not allowed to claim travel allowance after their party leader’s policy speech until the election.

Here are the press stories at the time:

Minchin kept in cheque - The Daily Telegraph

SAT 15 March 1997, Page 9

THE Prime Minister’s Parliamentary secretary Nick Minchin wrote a cheque for $3150 yesterday to refund money he wrongly claimed during the last election.

His gesture follows revelations in The Daily Telegraph yesterday that he had broken a “convention” restricting expenses claimed by shadow ministers.
The Department of Administrative Services had written to shadow ministers and Mr Howard reminding them no expenses could be claimed after the party leader’s policy speech.
But Senator Minchin claimed for every night from John Howard’s speech on February 18 to the night after the March 2 vote.
Senator Minchin said he had thought he was entitled to claim for his role as Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition.

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Source: Newstext

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Source: Newstext

All people make mistakes whether deliberate or not. The then new “Minchin Protocol” allowed MPs who claim too much for minor expenses (such as cab fares) can repay the excess and all is forgiven.

Parliamentary secretary Bob Woods retired from politics when he was under police investigation for travel rorts.
Senator Ian Macdonald offered to repay an almost $1500 travel allowance after being caught in breach of a Parliamentary convention.
Three ministers – John Sharp, David Jull and Peter McGauran – were forced to resign as a result of travel rorts involving false claims, mismanagement or cover-ups.  

There are more cases of course, but none of them had been referred to the Australian Federal Police.

Nick Minchin

From the Protocol:

Internal Audit

• When an allegation of or other event which suggests misuse of entitlement occurs, the Department undertakes an internal investigation to ascertain whether the allegations are credible (rather than being only malicious or vexatious).

• If the matter is relatively minor, the Member or Senator will be invited to provide an explanation to the Department.

The questions remain: Why did they make such an exception in Slipper’s case? Why is there a double standard?

Read more at Independent Australia

EXCLUSIVE: How Finance defied protocol to crucify Slipper

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  1. I’m hopeful that Slipper will return the ‘favours’ heaped upon him by his former LNP ‘mates’ by doing an ‘expose’ close to the 2013 election.

  2. Graeme Bowman says:

    Helen Errington ‏@HelenErrington1 2h
    Why was there no discussion on Abbott having to repay $9,400 of taxpayers money to promote Battlelines. Ur protection of him is disgusting.

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    Mike Kelly MP Mike Kelly MP ‏@MikeKellyMP 1h
    @latikambourke no coherence on foreign policy, economy or NBN. Coalition are flaky and present a huge risk.

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    Helen Errington Helen Errington ‏@HelenErrington1 2h
    @margokingston1 Well it looks even more incredible. Pity msm/ABC don’t make this headline news.

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    Why was there no discussion on Abbott having to repay $9,400 of taxpayers money to promote Battlelines. Ur protection of him is disgusting.

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    Daniella Barbar Daniella Barbar ‏@DaniellaBarbar 2h
    @HelenErrington1 BUT what about money paid for his staff for helping him? who spent time booking venues, flights etc. on taxpayer’s time?

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    @DaniellaBarbar He would have used his office staff I suppose. Extra work for them. Issue is why msm/ABC don’t make this a story.

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    margo kingston margo kingston ‏@margokingston1 2h
    .@HelenErrington1, FOI docos show Tony used taxpayer-funded staff to work on his private book business. http://nofibs.com.au/2013/07/06/exclusive-abbott-forced-to-repay-taxpayers-9400-he-charged-taxpayers-to-promote-his-book/ … #battlerort

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    @margokingston1 Well it looks even more incredible. Pity msm/ABC don’t make this headline news.

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