The Australian Federal Police has found no evidence Energy Minister Angus Taylor was involved in falsifying information.
A federal police inquiry into Energy Minister Angus Taylor has found no evidence he was involved in falsifying information.
The Australian Federal Police statement came a day after it was revealed the powerful privileges committee would not investigate whether Mr Taylor misled parliament over his use of a fake document to criticise Sydney's mayor.
The NSW Police Force’s financial crime squad referred the matter to the AFP in December.
The letter Mr Taylor sent to Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore criticised her for driving up carbon emissions by spending over $15 million in council money on domestic and international travel, but the figures were false.
The 2017/18 council report currently available online, as well as previously cached versions, shows international out-of-pocket travel costs such as meals and taxis were only $1728, and domestic costs were $4206.
The minister apologised to Cr Moore but has not explained where the numbers came from.
The AFP said in a statement on Thursday it had determined "it is unlikely further investigation will result in obtaining sufficient evidence to substantiate a Commonwealth offence".
"The AFP assessment of this matter identified there is no evidence to indicate the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction was involved in falsifying information," an AFP spokesperson said.
"The low level of harm and the apology made by the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction to the Lord Mayor of Sydney, along with the significant level of resources required to investigate were also factored into the decision not to pursue this matter.
"The AFP now considers this matter finalised."
Attorney-General Christian Porter told parliament it was a serious mis-hit by his Labor counterpart Mark Dreyfus, who had now made 10 police referrals without any charges laid.
Mr Porter compared Mr Dreyfus to the English cricketer Seymour Clark, who holds the record for the highest number of innings batted without scoring a run - nine.
"If the shadow A-G was a cricket player he would be the worst first-class batsman in cricket history."
Labor frontbencher Tony Burke said NSW police had acknowledged a fraudulent document had been created, which is why it was then referred to the AFP.
"A fraudulent document was created, it was then attached to a letter from Angus Taylor and used for the specific purpose of undermining Clover Moore," he told Sky News.
"For us to raise that with the police was completely the right thing to do."