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More on the Reith Telecard affair

In From the Archives, Margo Kingston, Telecard Affair on January 8, 2013 at 6:49 AM

By Margo Kingston
Source: Webdiary SMH
Date: October 30, 2000

Main players in the Telecard Affair.

On Friday, October 20, the pollies perks minister Senator Chris Ellison awoke to the Herald’s publication of an explosive document which raised yet more questions about his administration during the Reith Telecard blowout.

We obtained the document on Thursday, and on the same day, I wrote to him as follows:

Senator Chris Ellison,

Special Minister of State,


Dear Sir,


I request answers to the following questions by close of business today.

(1) When did you first become aware that present or former staff of Mr Reith had been using Mr Reith’s Telecard?
(2) What action did your take upon learning of this unauthorised use of Mr Reith’s Telecard?
(3) On what date were your first informed that the Australian Federal Police would be called in to investigate?
(4) On what date did you inform Mr Reith that police could be called in?
(5) On what date did you inform the Prime Minister that police could be called in?

Yours sincerely,


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