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Godwin Grech, the senior Treasury official at the heart of the OzCar affair, has admitted he wrote the fake email which alleged Prime Minister Kevin Rudd gave special treatment to a Queensland car dealer.


The bombshell admission, made from a Canberra psychiatric ward, comes as the auditor-general is due to release its findings on whether the offices of the prime minister and the treasurer made representations on behalf of Ipswich car dealer John Grant, a friend of Mr Rudd’s.

In an interview with The Australian newspaper published on Tuesday, Mr Grech said he had co-operated with the opposition so it would pass a bill to set up the OzCar financing scheme for car dealers.

The government had planned to put Mr Grech in charge of the $2 billion program.

“My concern was that the issue of Grant could be used to frustrate the passage of the bill,” Mr Grech told The Australian.

Mr Grech said he passed the contents of the email to Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull under enormous pressure.

He said he still believed there had been an original email from Mr Rudd’s office, advocating help for Mr Grant, but conceded it could not be found.

Senior coalition sources have told The Australian it was Mr Grech who initiated the meeting in June at which the email was handed over.

The sources said Mr Grech encouraged the opposition to go after the prime minister on the email and to pursue the claims of special treatment for Mr Grant in the Senate.

Mr Grech said he handed a printout of the email’s contents to Mr Turnbull and Senate deputy leader Eric Abetz – which he later took back – during a meeting at the Sydney office of Mr Turnbull’s wife Lucy on June 12.

A week later, Mr Grech told a Senate estimates hearing that Mr Rudd’s Brisbane neighbour, Mr Grant, “wasn’t your average constituent”.

The ailing official said he wrote down a series of questions for Mr Turnbull to ask in parliament which concerned Mr Rudd’s statements that he had not sought special favours for Mr Grant, The Australian said.

Mr Grech said he made an error of judgment in faking the now notorious email, in which the prime minister’s economics adviser, Andrew Charlton, purportedly sought Mr Grech’s help in seeking special treatment for Mr Grant.

He said he never gave permission for the coalition to disclose the contents of the email to anybody.

Australian Federal Police found the fake email in Mr Grech’s Canberra home on June 22.

On Monday night, former treasurer Peter Costello said the politics of the OzCar affair would be unlikely to change unless the author of the fake email was revealed.

“Unless there’s some knockout new development, suppose the author of the email suddenly appears from somewhere, that would be a knockout new development,” he told ABC Television’s Lateline.

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