Tracing the Telecard affair

By Margo Kingston and Mike Seccombe Source: Webdiary SMH Date: October 22nd, 2000 DAY ONE Tuesday, October 10 The Canberra Times reveals a Federal Police investigation into Peter Reith’s $50,000 phone bill after he gave his number and PIN to son Paul for private calls. Howard says Reith revealed the fraud to him in May, nine months after Reith was told, and that he accepted legal advice from Attorney-General Daryl Williams to send the file to police. Howard says he wouldn’t give his Telecard to a family member but “I certainly don’t regard that as a hanging offence”. Howard says he doesn’t know how the fraud went on for five […]