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Ever wondered why the Govt are continuing to refuse the release of the Australian Government Solicitor' legal advice to Bill Shorten in August 2011, in relation to the exemption of including the then existing grandfathered commissions in FOFA ?
There have been several requests and reviews of decisions made under the Freedom of Information Act and on all occasions, Treasury has refused to release this advice claiming it is subject to legal professional privilege.
The refusal to release this advice provided at the time can only cast doubt that the current Govt do not wish to provide any basis for precedent in relation to the removal of advisers existing contractual rights to receive this remuneration as stated by Bill Shorten as the reason why these payments were to be grandfathered.
This is a very clear case of adviser's contractual rights being removed via the Commonwealth passing a law resulting in the acquisition of property and without providing any compensation in respect to that loss.
When an industry requests a copy of the original legal advice provided to the Govt and the current Govt refuses to release that advice, on what basis does this not look very, very concerning.