Libs fix fi­nance is­sues

The Sunday Times - - News - Joe Spagnolo

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.”

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