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The tax man is watching: new surveillance force for ATO

The tax man is stepping up the war on fraud and dodgy claims, using the Australian Crime Commission to monitor suspected cheats. Tax consultant and former ATO manager Chris Seage reports it’s a first.

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Bombshell sports probe: drugs and corruption to ‘disgust’ fans

Sports fans are bracing for the worst as sports and justice chiefs dropped a bombshell today: allegations of the widespread and systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs in Australian sport.

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Scam reports skimp on a big business fraud scoop

There was a lot of publicity yesterday for a report on business fraud and cold selling of worthless shares and other investments. Newspapers, radio, TV and websites gave considerable publicity to the report from the Australian Crime Commission. Even ABC TV led its 7pm bulletin in NSW yesterday with a story on the report. All […]

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Wickenby brand damaged after ACC back-flip on Hoges

The Wickenby brand has been diminished in the light of the Australian Crime Commission’s (ACC) back-flip this week in calling a halt to the criminal investigation of Paul Hogan and John Cornell, writes Chris Seage, tax consultant and former ATO audit manager.

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Political beat-ups are one thing, corruption is quite another

They love a campaign at The Australian. But when it comes to reporting corruption, however, the stakes are higher and we can’t be quite so cavalier.

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Federal Court grants ACC access to indigenous kids’ medical files

A full bench of the Federal Court today ruled that the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) must take the interests of Indigenous children into account when investigating child abuse in Indigenous communities, writes Henri Ivrey.

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ACC’s Hoges Wickenby witch hunt

A Crikey investigation has revealed that the Australian Crime Commission fought Paul Hogan for two years to obtain “irrelevant” documents, writes Chris Seage.

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Moratorium the only answer to Wickenby woes

A plan is being hatched by prominent Operation Wickenby stakeholders to approach the new Labor government to seek a once only moratorium for suspects caught up in the probe, writes Chris Seage.

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Labor to review Operation Wickenby if elected

In a move that will please long-suffering Australian taxpayers, the Labor Party have announced they will put the Government’s much vaunted multi-agency tax evasion investigation Operation Wickenby under the microscope if they win the election.

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The NT intervention: crunching the numbers

Maj Gen Chalmers’ press release on the progress of the NT invervention included the claim that “over 700 children have had health checks so far.” But a government insider told NIT this morning that the number of health checks performed was actually between 400 and 500. The difference in figures, he explained, was the result of “double-counting” and “confusion”.

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Wheatley dudded by bureaucratic leaks and zealots

While Gaynor Wheatley sits at home hoping that her husband Glenn will return soon from jail, the entertainment guru’s legal team is putting together a case they believe will have him back to the matrimonial home in three months’ time, writes Chris Seage.

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