24 Feb 2015

Abbott caught out again, lying in his teeth, can you believe anything this guy says anymore? NO!

From an article by Sahah Martin The Australian
TONY Abbott’s staff and government bureaucrats were aware of his decision to knight Prince Philip in November last year, two months before senior ministers learnt of the move.
The revelation, which emerged in a Senate hearing yesterday, appears to contradict suggestions from the Prime Minister that he only consulted with Governor-General Peter Cosgrove and the chairman of the Council of the Order of Australia, Angus Houston, about the appointment.
It has also been revealed that Prince Philip officially became a Knight of the Order of Australia on January 7, holding the title for almost three weeks before his ­appointment was made public on Australia Day.
Mr Abbott has accepted the decision was a “captain’s call”, and repeatedly refused to disclose whether his chief of staff, Peta Credlin, had also been aware of the knighthood.
Evidence to a Senate committee yesterday revealed that while Liberal MPs were in the dark about the award until January 26, discussions with bureaucrats had begun as early as November.
Deputy secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Elizabeth Kelly, said the “preliminary discussions” about knighting the prince took place with a government adviser from the Prime Minister’s office. Staff then informed the Prime Minister’s office that the move would require changes to the relevant letters patent — a legal document outlining the rules of the award system.

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