Bureaucrats Get Thousands of Dollars in Gifts

VICTORIA'S top bureaucrats were treated to thousands in free flights, lavish lunches, bottles of champagne and tickets to Melbourne's top sporting events.Documents released exclusively to the Herald Sun show since June 2010 top private companies offered almost $70,000 in gifts to help schmooze the state's public servants.Among perks officials gleefully accepted were tickets to the Australian Grand Prix, corporate seats at AFL Grand Final and hospitality at the Australian Open Tennis.While corporations spent thousands flying Departments of Justice, Education and Health staff to exotic locations around the world.Of the four government departments to provide access to their gift, benefit and hospitality registries, the Education and Early Childhood department officials accepted the most - netting almost $45,000 in corporate largesse.Computer giant IBM was one of its biggest benefactors splashing out close to $900 on a lavish lunch for nine staff and then later also providing $1300 in Spring Racing Carnival tickets.Department of Justice officials accepted $12,509 in gifts, flights and dinners.The documents released under Freedom of Information show Victoria's Emergency Service Commissioner Michael Hallowes accepted a $300 charity dinner from Telstra.A Corrections Victoria officer also accepted the strangest gift - two solar garden lights from a parolee offered as gratitude for helping the offender complete a court order.Department of Health doctors and officials were given $7935.35 in freebies with one policy adviser given $2500 in free flights and accommodation to speak at a conference in Dubai.The Office of Public Prosecutions only accepted $550 in gifts - mostly presents from victims after a trial.A senior solicitor even rejected a $500 gift card offered by a grateful victim after the completion of a trial.It can also be revealed that Arts Victoria did not record a single entry on its gift registry.The department was involved in a kickback scandal in 2009 were a staff member bought $100,000 in inflated printer toner cartridges in exchange for $8,300 in gift certificates. None of her gifts were declared.In wake of the "tonergate" scandal, which cost the taxpayer almost $80,000, the Victorian Ombudsman slammed the freebie culture at Arts Victoria and its poor gift-reporting procedures.But government spokeswoman Carolyn Jones said Arts Victoria only reported gifts valued at $150 or more."Under this definition, no Arts Victoria staff members have received a gift in the last three and a half years."DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE- Corrections Victoria officer was given two garden solar lights, a puzzle book and chocolates from an offender who completed parole.- Strategic Communications staff accepted $750 in Australian Open centre court tickets from Australia Post.- People and Culture officers were treated to a $500 conference at a day spa in Hepburn Springs.DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT- IBM spent $900 on a lavish lunch at glamorous city restaurant for nine department staff.- The Office of the Secretary was given $800 in Western Bulldogs' tickets.- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation flew one official to Seattle to speak at a conference.OFFICE OF PUBLIC PROSECUTIONS- A defence barrister gave a prosecutor a $40 brooch during a serious sexual assault trial.- Meldrum and Hyland Barristers Clerks splashed $75 on bottles of sparkling wine for the OPP briefing staff.- The son of culpable drive victim gave a solicitor a CD of his music.DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH- The department was presented with a signed Geelong jumper after striking a partnership with the club.- A staff member from the food safety and regulation unit was given a double pass to see comedy duo Flight of the Conchords live at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.- A policy adviser was flown to Dubai to speak at a conference on Arab iginally published asThe perks of the job

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