AFP drops Angus inquiry

Angus Taylor (emissions limits)
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The Australian Federal Police has dropped its investigation into energy minister Angus Taylor over doctored documents that were used to attack Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore over emissions as a result of her air travel.

The AFP said “there is no evidence to indicate the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction was involved in falsifying information”. This means Taylor and his office have been exonerated, despite not discovering how the documents were doctored.

Ms Moore told ABC Radio National this morning ordinary Australians pay the salaries of the AFP, but they work for the government.

“I don’t think until we have a federal ICAC [Independent Commission Against Corruption] will we ever get to the bottom of matters like this,” she said.

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“They’re choosing not to investigate this matter and the Prime Minister is choosing to allow this sort of behaviour to occur with one of his ministers by not condemning him.”

Ms Moore also made the point the federal minister was attacking her because the City of Sydney was taking meaningful action against climate change.

Taylor’s letter accusing Ms Moore was in response to a request from her to establish a Just Transition Authority and reintroduce carbon pricing.

“… he tried to make me out to be a hypocrite and I think it’s outrageous, it’s an outrageous misuse of ministerial power …” she said.

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