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Australian police launch formal probe into speaker

Australian police launch formal probe into speaker

Police have begun an official investigation into fraud allegations against the speaker of Australia's Parliament.
Australian Federal Police said in a statement Wednesday that they've decided to launch a formal investigation into allegations that House of Representatives Speaker Peter Slipper misused taxi payment vouchers. Police had been evaluating the allegations since last month.
The launch of the probe comes a week after Slipper claimed to have been exonerated of the allegations by taxi payment vouchers released by a government department.
A fraud conviction could cost Slipper his seat in Parliament and the government of Prime Minister Julia Gillard its slender majority.


Updated : 2021-02-28 09:33 GMT+08:00