Politicians are nothing but blood sucking mongrels sucking the life out of the taxpayers.. and yet again nothing happens. We have that thieving bastard ANDREWS in Victoria stealing from us TAXPAYERS in the last election and yet nothing happens..
Are we Australians sick of and tired of this… and yet the Federal Police still fail to do nothing
Vic MP says no deceit over rorts-for-votes
Victorian Sports Minister John Eren says he was reassured Labor’s $388,000 rorts-for-votes scheme at the 2014 election was within the rules.
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A Victorian minister named as one of 21 Labor MPs who misused $388,000 in public money to pay campaign staff at the last election says he was reassured the scheme was within the rules.
Sports Minister John Eren signed off on time sheets worth $2358 for an electorate officer who instead campaigned in another electorate in the so-called rorts-for-votes scandal.
Mr Eren told reporters on Sunday the then-opposition MPs all thought the scheme was part of a long-standing staff polling arrangement.
“It was relayed as a pool staffing arrangement,” Mr Eren said.
“It’s important to say, because it was a long standing practice, I didn’t feel like I was misled, I just felt like that was a reassurance that was given at the time.”
He also said it’s time to “move on” from the scandal – but the opposition and Greens have other ideas.
The coalition opposition want to send the issue of legal costs spent by the government, Ombudsman Deborah Glass and Legislative Council president to the state’s Auditor General.
They are also demanding an upper house select committee to further examine the issue.
The Greens want to send the matter to the privileges committee, have still-serving MPs named in the report fined and Premier Daniel Andrews apologise to parliament, and for Labor to pay a $100,000 fine and cover the costs of the Ombudsman.
Ms Glass on Wednesday released a report detailing how 21 Labor MPs in the lead up to the 2014 election breached parliamentary guidelines by approving $388,000 of taxpayer money that went to campaign staff.
Labor has since repaid the money and Premier Daniel Andrews says all six of the ombudsman’s recommendations will be implemented.