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Medicare call centre worker jailed for child porn images has kept his job while behind bars… by claiming prison time as annual leave

  • Samuel James Lawless has been convicted of collecting child porn 
  • The 31-year-old has a job at a Medicare call centre in Brisbane 
  • He is due to be released from Wolston Correctional Centre in within weeks 
  • He has kept his job by using annual leave and leave without pay 
  • Department of Human Services said it ‘doesn’t comment on individual staff’
  • But would consider ‘disciplinary action’ if an employee is convicted of a criminal offence 

By Melissa Hills for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 21:35 AEST, 8 November 2014 | Updated: 00:06 AEST, 9 November 2014

A Medicare call centre worker jailed for possessing a haul of 22,000 child porn images kept his job while he was behind bars – by using his annual leave and leave without pay while in prison.

Samuel James Lawless, 31, from Brisbane, is still employed by the Human Services Department despite admitting possessing and transmitting the child pornography between September 2006 and June 2013, The Courier Mail reports.

The Department of Human Services has told Daily Mail Australia that it ‘cannot discuss matters relating to individual staff’.

But a spokesman added: ‘Generally speaking, the department will consider appropriate disciplinary action as soon as it becomes aware that an employee has been convicted of a criminal offence.

‘Where any matter is identified as possibly breaching the APS Code of Conduct, it is referred to the department’s Conduct Standards Team for consideration.

‘Serious breaches generally result in termination of employment.’

Lawless is due to be released from Wolston Correctional Centre within a matter of weeks and authorities are investigating whether his employment should end, reports Channel 9.

Marise Payne, Human Services Minister, told Channel 9 all government employees were expected to abide by the Australian Public Service code of conduct.

A department spokeswoman said paid leave is not normally agreed when the department is aware that the employee is serving a jail sentence.

A spokesman for Queensland Police told Daily Mail Australia they could not comment on the case.


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  1. Bert Kokshoorn says:

    What the bloody hell is going on here???? This is NOT right!!

  2. Scott Selleck says:

    W.T.F . Medicare or is it Pedophile Care this is so wrong in every angle .So gets charged and they still keep the regular pedo employed in there company like it is a good thing ..Hmm Its a crazy crazy world this one we are trapped in ..

  3. Fucku says:

    The reason they allowed him to keep his job is because if he was fired, that would expose centrelinks involvement in child pornography

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