Crikey has obtained a previously unreleased copy of the official audited financial report for the Tasmanian Compliance Corporation, central figures in the Tasmanian Labor government scandal that saw Deputy Premier Bryan Green dumped and charges laid against a number of Labor figures.

The audit includes the revelation that former Queensland Labor Prisons Minister Glen Milliner received a cool $268,838 last financial year from the scandal ridden builders’ accreditation company, the Tasmanian Compliance Corporation – up from $10,200 the previous year.

Milliner was a non executive director of the Tasmanian Compliance Corporation, (former Tasmanian Labor Health Minister John White was executive director), which was taken over the by the Tasmanian Government last October.

The Government’s hand was forced after it was engulfed in the scandal which saw Green dumped and he, his adviser Guy Nicholson, and White, charged with conspiracy and corruption. White pleaded not guilty late last year, while Nicholson and Green pleaded not guilty in the Hobart Magistrates Court last week. They were bailed to appear before the Supreme Court on January 29, ahead of trial.

Green has refused to resign from the state parliament.

The charges relate to a secret deal in which Green sought to guarantee a three-year monopoly for the Tasmanian Compliance Corporation, or compensation worth more than $2 million, a deal struck just before the state election when it was thought that the Lennon Government could lose power.

While it is on record that White pumped $179,000 into his superannuation over the past two financial years, and was paid $23,000 for consultancy services, Milliner’s stash was unknown.

Crikey can reveal the official audited financial report for the Tasmanian Compliance Corporation by Horwarth Tas Pty Ltd shows that a Milliner company – Knowledge Consulting – was paid $110,00 relating to the 2005 year, in addition to the $10,200 paid that year, plus $158,838, relating to the 2006 year, all in the last financial year.

The audit also shows that operational and administration expenses rose from $144,635 in 2005, to $451,441 last financial year, while income tax paid in 2005 was $557,197 in 2005, but only $121,002 last financial year.

Yet to be revealed is how much money Milliner and White paid themselves between July 1 last year and November 1, when the Lennon Government took over the company.

Milliner has done well out of Tasmania. Knowledge Consulting was an adviser to the Lennon Government on the new Risdon Prison, which opened last year, and was paid about $257,000 for erecting a new fence around the Ashley Juvenile Detention Centre to make it secure.

Last night there was a riot in the Hobart Reception Prison in the CBD, involving ten inmates – five of whom were escapees from Ashley who climbed the perimeter fence.

Peter Fray

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