Former senior public servants to hand out subpoenas to SA government agency and corruption watchdog

By Shannon Jenkins

Thursday June 4, 2020

Adelaide Magistrates Court. Image: Association of Australian Magistrates

Two ex public servants plan to issue subpoenas to their former South Australian government employer and the state corruption watchdog.

Ex Renewal SA chief executive John Hanlon and his former colleague Georgia Vasilevski want the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption to produce the evidence used against them as part of an 18-month investigation, according to The Advertiser.

The former bureaucrats appeared before the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday. Hanlon’s barrister, David Edwardson QC, revealed he would ask the court to issue subpoenas to Renewal SA and ICAC, to resolve “outstanding issues”.

Vasilevski’s barrister, Dick Whitington QC, supported the move.

In March Vasilevski was charged with one count of abuse of public office, and three counts of acting dishonestly, while Hanlon faced two counts of abuse of public office, three counts of deception, one count of acting dishonestly, and five counts of dishonestly dealing with documents.

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It was alleged that Hanlon spent almost $48,000 in public funds on domestic and international trips, as well as thousands on accommodation, dining and taxi expenses.

He allegedly falsified documents — including a travel expense form, a Renewal SA memorandum, and a post-it note — to facilitate the fraud.

Hanlon argued the allegations were “nonsense”, while Whitington said his client “categorically denies” the charges.

The ex bureaucrats will be required to enter pleas to the charges in September.

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