PROBE URGED ON MP ‘OFFER’ – Sunday November 4 2012

– Tony Abbott faces calls for a police investigation into allegations he offered a posting to Queensland Liberal MP Alex Somlyay if he quit politics.

Warning the alleged offer in 2010 could be in breach of the Commonwealth Electoral Act, the Labor Party has now formally referred the allegations to the Australian Federal Police.

In a letter to AFP Commissioner Tony Negus, ALP assistant secretary Evan Moorhead has raised concerns the alleged offer could breach bribery provisions in the Act.

“Under section 326(2) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918, it is a criminal offence to promise to provide a benefit to another person with the intention of affecting the person’s decision to stand as a candidate at an election,” Mr Moorhead wrote.

The Liberal leader has not explicitly denied discussing the option of appointing the Queensland MP to a foreign posting if he stepped aside to allow former Howard government minister Mal Brough to re-enter politics.

Instead, a spokesman for Mr Abbott said he would not comment on private conversations. Mr Somlyay has never publicly denied that Mr Abbott offered to find him a foreign posting if he stood aside.

A spokesman for Mr Abbott said: “This is just another stunt from a political party that isn’t focused on the issues Australian families are concerned about and who will stop at nothing in its attempt to cling to power.” – Samantha Maiden

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About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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