Australian Police Minister spends $50,000 on writing skills for staff

Victoria's Police Minister Tim Holding has spent more than $50,000 to polish up the writing skills of 125 staff.

Figures obtained by The Herald Sun under Freedom of Information laws show almost $32,000 was spent on writing course trainers' fees. A further $17,000 was paid out for associated room hire while $3,400 went on catering for eight months of lessons, which included how to write ministerial memos.

Mr Holding was criticised some time ago for not reading a crucial departmental memo on the biggest breach of privacy in Victorian history, when thousands of police files were leaked, the newspaper said.

Minister spends $50k on writing skills (National Nine News, 4 April 2006)