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QLD Backdating Corporate Documents: Is it legal?

Discussion in 'Commercial Law Forum' started by Wallace Garnish, 7 May 2015.

  1. Wallace Garnish

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    Clive Palmer contends it's not just commonplace but legal to backdate the financial records of private companies.

    He said it to the press gallery in response to questions about his recent fraud case against his Chinese business partners, Citic. Although the case was found in his favour the judge validated Citic's assertion that Palmer had created sham documents.

    Is this really true: not that it goes on and people don't get prosecuted for it, but that it's formally legal under Australian commercial law? If not, for a politician to admit having done it on national TV might not be the smartest move.
     
  2. Ivy

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    Hi Wallace,

    Do you have a legal situation that affects you specifically?
     
  3. Wallace Garnish

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    Not really, just generally. I have a private company, and found Clive's comments surprising in light of how careful I am to be honest with my expenses. Is the ATO really that lax?
     

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