Australian police investigates 10x overpriced airport land deal

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) launched a monetary crime investigation on Western Sydney Worldwide Airport (SWZ) land sale deal. The investigation was began after the federal government of Australia paid $30 million for the land which was valued solely at $three million by the Australian Nationwide Audit Workplace (ANAO).

The suspicious deal of Leppington Triangle land sale attracted the eye of AFP after it turned out that in June 2019, ANAO valued the land at $three million – a tenth of the worth the federal government of Australia paid buying the land in July 2018.

In response to ANAO report, on July 31, 2018, the federal government bought a bit greater than 12-hectare triangular parcel of land positioned close to Western Sydney Worldwide Airport (SWZ) for $30 million. The acquisition was made by the federal government’s Division of Infrastructure as part of the SWZ strategic plan for future airport growth. The piece of land sits on the finish of the proposed second runway of the airport.

A 12 months after the sale was accomplished, on June 30, 2019, throughout ANAO’s customary procedures for monetary reporting functions, the authority seen an uncommon transaction. Whereas ANAO undertook additional audit procedures, it couldn’t conclude on key features of the transaction based mostly on info which was supplied by the Division of Infrastructure.

Chatting with native media, Catherine King, the Member of the Australian Parliament, doubted the Division’s motives behind the deal.

“The Australian Nationwide Audit Workplace discovered severe deficiencies in the best way this buy was undertaken. How did the federal government handle to pay $30 million for a bit of land that was 11 months later valued at solely $three million?” outraged the Member of Australian Parliament. “There’s something very fishy about what has gone on right here,“ added King.

On October 16, 2020, the AFP introduced that it reviewed the deal and began an preliminary stage of monetary crime investigation.



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