Nothing is as clearcut as Matthew Guy and News Corp would like to make out. But it will be dragged to the next election anyway. (ODT)
The Ombudsman found that Labor MPs, including six sitting ministers, had breached Parliament’s members’ guide and misused public funds. But she said they had acted in good faith.
In her letter, she said those involved in the rorting had been wrong but that the Ombudsman applied a different standard of proof to a police criminal investigation.
“I need to be satisfied on the balance of probabilities, while a criminal case is required to satisfy a court beyond reasonable doubt.
“This allows me to conclude that an action is ‘wrong’ without it necessarily reaching the threshold for criminal action.”