Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor has more questions to answer about the origins of his doctored City of Sydney annual report figures.
Today it was revealed in a Senate Estimates spill over hearing that the Minister’s Department provided a draft letter to the Minister’s office which responded to the letter from the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney. That draft letter is very different to the final letter sent by Minister Taylor to the Lord Mayor. The Department’s draft letter provided to the Minister’s office contained no reference to the City of Sydney’s travel expenditure.
Senator Keneally: Did that draft response include reference to the City of Sydney’s travel expenditure?
Departmental Official: No Senator, it did not.
(Environment and Energy Estimates spill over Hearing, 12 November 2019)
The Department confirmed that after it provided this draft response, Angus Taylor’s office did not request any further information or drafts. It was also confirmed that the Department was not asked to verify any additional information in the version of the letter signed by Angus Taylor which contained the doctored figures.
Despite repeated questioning, the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Senator Birmingham, refused to provide further information about where the doctored figures came from and instead referred to Angus Taylor’s previous statements.
Angus Taylor needs to come clean about exactly how these doctored figures turned up in a letter signed by him – because we have yet to see a public document that confirms his version of events.
If Angus Taylor won’t provide the answers, the Prime Minister should direct his embattled Minister to provide a full and frank explanation.