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Treasury salary scandal deepens

The Department of Finance was warned by one of its own staffers that waiving a $41,000 debt owed by a senior official was likely illegal but it fully waived the debt anyway. The Finance staffer provided written advice that waiving the $41,073 debt – owed by Chris Jose of the nation’s media regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) – would ‘not be consistent’ with either the law ‘or the current approaches to such matters’. The Department of Finance, headed by Finance Secretary, Coalition appointee Rosemary Huxtable, approved the waiver regardless. That very same day. The explosive revelations are…