Libs fix finance issues
NEW tools and software are being developed by the WA Liberal Party to help members and supporters better manage their “financial compliance obligations”, State director Sam Calabrese said yesterday.
It follows revelations the party had called in the fraud squad after an “internal governance review” uncovered concerns about the financial controls of the party’s election campaign in Pilbara in 2017. The party referred a matter to police after the review identified possible criminal offences.
“We’ve been progressing our modernisation agenda,” Mr Calabrese told the WA Liberal State conference.
“We’re working hard to improve internal communications and we’re building a new events system to reduce the administrative and compliance burden of hosting fundraising events.
“We are also working hard to develop education and training courses to ensure wins like Darling Range help local campaigns right across the State.
“It’s very important that each contest we share what worked and where we can continue to improve.”
Mr Calabrese said the party had “pro-actively reviewed issues relating to an individual campaign in 2017”.
“One particular matter has been referred to the WA Police for assessment,” he said.
“As there is a current police investigation, there can be no further comment.
“The results of the review are being considered by our internal disciplinary body, however some changes have already been implemented and were in place for both the Cottesloe and Darling Range by-elections.”