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NSW police refer Angus Taylor document investigation to the AFP

Minister for Energy Angus Taylor said Australia wouldn't implement a target without the means of achieving it. Source: AAP

NSW police has confirmed an investigation into forgery allegations against Angus Taylor's office has been referred to the AFP.

NSW police has referred an investigation into alleged fake documents used by Energy Minister Angus Taylor's office to the Australian Federal Police.

"Following an investigation by the State Crime Command's Financial Crimes Squad, the matter has been referred to the Australian Federal Police," a NSW police spokesperson told SBS News.

Labor asked police to investigate Mr Taylor last year, accusing his office of altering a document to attack Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore's travel expenses and record on climate change. 

The Australian reports that NSW police argued that if any offence has it occurred, it would have occurred in Canberra which is the AFP's jurisdiction. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison stood by Mr Taylor as allegations were made against him last year.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison stood by Mr Taylor as allegations were made against him last year.
AAP

The document at the centre of the investigation is a version of the City of Sydney's 2017-18 annual report containing grossly inflated travel expenditure figures. 

Mr Taylor used the wildly inaccurate figures in a letter he sent to Clover Moore, accusing her of driving up the council's carbon emissions by spending more than $15 million.

The letter containing the false figures was reported on by the Daily Telegraph at the end of September, sparking a complaint from Cr Moore. 

In response to her complaint, the minister's office forwarded a version of the City of Sydney's 2017-18 annual report as evidence of Mr Taylor's claims. 

However, the figures did not match those detailed in the council's publicly available annual report which puts the spending at a much more modest $6,000. 

Mr Taylor has admitted the travel figures he cited were wrong but insisted the council had different versions of its annual report online. 

"This is an outrageous accusation against me by the Labor Party," he told Parliament in November. 

"I reject absolutely the suggestion that I, or any members of my staff, altered the documents in question." 

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