The unbelievably troubled School of Music at the Australian National university in Canberra has been hit by an allegation of ‘multiple instances of alleged negligence, maladministration and misuse of public funds, corruption, and abuse of position by senior management at the ANU’.
The charges comes in a letter to the Ombudsman by Dr Peter Tregear, head of the School from 2012 to 2015.
The ANU has responded that the allegations are false and defamatory. ‘The allegations contain material that is deeply defamatory towards multiple staff and have no basis in fact.’
The Ombudsman says: ‘I am reasonably satisfied that the information provided tends to show instances of disclosable conduct, namely conduct that constitutes maladministration and conduct which, if proved, would be grounds for disciplinary action or conduct which is in breach of a law.’