25th August, 1982 : Federal officials failed for seven years to stop tax frauds involving thousands of millions of dollars, according to a report by Royal Commissioner, Frank Costigan, QC. Mr Costigan said the Australian Taxation Office was aware of tax evasion schemes in 1973, but the Crown Solicitor’s Office had failed grossly to prosecute those involved.

The Royal Commission, initially appointed to investigate the activities of the Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union, found that the Crown Solicitor’s Offices in Perth and Canberra had allowed the most appalling conduct to continue. One Perth legal officer involved in the collection of tax debts had run a prostitution racket, used the Crown Solicitor’s Office number to advertise it, and understated income from it.

[The Royal Commissions come, Royal Commissions go .. Dogs bark and caravans go on. ]

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