Labor lawmakers cross floor to pass red shirt scandal investigation in state legislature

A motion to re-examine the Victoria Labor Party’s 2014 red shirt scandal by the Ombudsman and potentially IBAC voted 19-17 in the Senate after Labor lawmaker Kaushariya Vaguera voted in favor of the motion. Passed.

It is against the rules of the party to vote against the party, and Kaushariya Announced on February 9th With posts from her Twitter and Facebook accounts, she will resign.

Red shirt scandal (pdfFrom 2014, workers have been paid by federal funds to engage in non-obligatory campaigns of constituency officials by hiring constituency organizers as temporary voters. ..

Somyurek introduces his move to the Victorian Parliament on February 9th Claim The red shirt program was designed by Victorian Labor Prime Minister Daniel Andrews prior to the 2014 elections.

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Victoria’s Prime Minister Daniel Andrews addressed the media at a press conference in Melbourne, Australia, on January 11, 2022. (DiegoFedele / Getty Images)

“”[Daniel Andrews] He did something far beyond what he should be. He crossed the line and designed this system, “says Somiurek.

“He personally told me that he needed to participate in this process, whether he wanted to win or not.”

The scandal campaigned for the party in marginal seats, not part of their obligations, wearing red shirts on casual voters, centered on workers misusing $ 388,000 in taxpayer funds. ..

The scandal allegations were first noticed by former Labor officials in September 2015. Jake FinniganReported a motion of corruption to Victorian police. However, action to investigate the case was advocated by then-Greens leader Greg Barber, who successfully introduced the House of Councilors’ move to investigate the Ombudsman Deborah Glass in Victoria in November 2015.

The Victorian government fought hard to thwart the investigation, but lost a protracted court battle in the High Court in April 2017, and a report by Deborah Glass in the Ombudsman, Victoria was reported in March 2018, months before the election. It was finally submitted in the month.

As a result of the investigation, 23 voters are campaigning, including Somiurek.

The wage arrangement was a “60:40 split”, with 60% of the wages paid by the workers and 40% paid by the Parliamentary Fund.

However, the legitimacy of this division is questionable. This split can only be achieved if the constituency officers perform their constituency duties during the two days paid by the government. One constituency official even reported that the Labor Party had even said, “The campaign leaders told me that I was spending a lot of time in the constituency officer’s duties.”

Despite the findings, the report had little impact in the 2018 election round when Labor was reelected.

In 2020, Adem Somyurek pays other people’s party members to create fake branch members in The Age newspaper on June 15, 2020, after the Channel Nine 60 Minutes program on June 14. Resigned from the Labor Party after reporting that he had accumulated political influence. Helping parliamentary staff who violate the rules of the Australian Labor Party.

After resigning, Somiurek warned that he “will not put up with” the punishment he received.

The allegations led to the IBAC’s investigation into branch stacking in October and November 2021 and confirmed that Somyurek’s allegations of branch stacking were true.

Labor lawmaker Anthony Byrne, the first witness to the Watts IBAC operation hearing, has filed a terrible charge of “out of control” for the spread of branch stacks in Victoria. Listed several parliamentarians who know they are involved. In branch stacking, including Kaushaliya Vaghela across the parliamentary floor in the current move to re-examine the 2014 Victorian Labor scandal.

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Federal Labor Party member of Cunningham Anthony Byrne during a question time in the House of Representatives of Canberra, Australia, May 25, 2021. (AAPImage / Mick Tsikas)

Kaushariya’s resignation statement released on February 9 stated that branch stacking was “endemic” for workers and called for further investigation of branch stacking and constituency officers used for factional purposes. ing.

She said Watt’s investigation by the IBAC was “serious fraud” and ended the statement that “some people are more equal than others.”

On February 10, Victoria’s Labor Prime Minister Daniel Andrews confirmed that Kaushariya had said he would resign as a colleague.

“I haven’t been told that [she would resign], But I understand that my colleague said it. It’s entirely her problem, “he said.

He refused to comment on Somiurek’s victory in the House of Councilors, saying, “I’m too busy. I’m not vowed to be a commentator. I’m vowed to get in and get things done. That’s what I do every day. That’s what you are doing. “

Somyurek celebrated victory in the above post twitter “Victoria has stopped falling into Tammany Hall’s corruption,” he declares.

“We may have evaded the bullet with this move. Now let’s move on to a sincere organization.”

A successful motion will empower the Victorian ombudsmen and the IBAC to expand their mandates and investigate all Labor factions.

Marina Chan


Marina Chan is based in Melbourne and focuses on Australian news. Contact her at [email protected]

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