21 Aug 2008

Defence Force personnel cleared of double-dipping

7:54 pm on 21 August 2008

A Court of Inquiry has cleared four Defence Force personnel of allegations of double-dipping on their United Nations housing allowances.

The officers were given both Defence Force and UN allowances while stationed in New York between 2001 and 2008.

The court found the Defence Force funds were a legitimate "top-up" due to high living costs in New York but they failed to disclose them when filling in paperwork.

The four have been censured, but it was acknowledged they weren't acting for personal gain.

The Chief of the Defence Force says the most serious failings rest with the Defence Force as an organisation.