AFP decides on George Christensen's $12,000 bribery claim

AN AUSTRALIAN Federal Police spokesman said they received a referral from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) in June 2016 regarding bribery allegations in the electorate of Dawson.

Federal Dawson MP George Christensen was referred to the AEC for seeking to give Libby Edge of Eco Barge Turtle Sanctuary a $12,000 "personal contribution" if re-elected in June this year the Daily Mercury reported.

In a letter to the Australian Electoral Commission, GetUp Ltd director of legal and governance Isabelle Reinecke requested the AEC investigate the "possible breach of important anti-bribery provisions under Commonwealth electoral law".

"The AFP has undertaken a thorough evaluation of the matter which did not identify evidence to support a Commonwealth Offence," the spokesman said.

"As such the AFP will be taking no further action in relation to this matter"

Dawson MP George Christensen said he was glad the matter was over.

"I welcome the conclusion of an assessment by the Australian Federal Police into allegations of bribery in relation to my pledge to donate to Eco Barge's turtle rescue centre in the Whitsundays," Mr Christensen said in a statement.

"The AFP has stated they did not find evidence to support a Commonwealth Offence, and as such, no further action will be taken.

"I thank the Australian Federal Police for their assessment of this matter.

"I have always maintained the allegations by GetUp! were bogus and politically motivated."


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