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Investigation Report 01/2018: Operation Marcks—An investigation into a DIBP official who travelled overseas without a passport

The investigation highlights that government officials—particularly senior officials—sometimes find themselves in a position where they can exert influence (whether explicitly or impliedly) to be exempted from the rules or norms that apply to other citizens. Such practices—which can draw on a more-detailed knowledge of laws or their application—might sometimes also have a private benefit, and rightly raise the prospect of an abuse of power. Accordingly, care needs to be taken in the conduct of professional interactions and with the exercise of discretions to avoid inferences of misconduct or corruption.