ALP MPs FACE RORTS-FOR-VOTES PUB­LIC GRILLING

Herald Sun - - FRONT PAGE - MATT JOHN­STON

SE­NIOR La­bor MPs in­volved in the rorts-for-votes scheme at the last state elec­tion will be ques­tioned in pub­lic at par­lia­men­tary hear­ings.

The pow­er­ful Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil Priv­i­leges Com­mit­tee will hear from Vic­to­ria Po­lice Chief Com­mis­sioner Gra­ham Ash­ton and Om­buds­man Deb­o­rah Glass. Cur­rent La­bor MPs to be ques­tioned un­der oath dur­ing the ses­sions — which are likely to be tele­vised — are Spe­cial Min­is­ter of State Gavin Jen­nings, Fam­i­lies Min­is­ter Jenny Mikakos, and back­benchers Adem Somyurek and Nazih Elas­mar.

The scheme’s ar­chi­tect, for­mer MP John Lenders, will be forced to break his si­lence when he ap­pears on Thurs­day.

The com­mit­tee was set up af­ter Ms Glass’s bomb­shell re­port which found that 21 cur­rent and for­mer ALP MPs mis­used al­most $388,000 of tax­payer money by em­ploy­ing staff who were then used for cam­paign­ing in­stead.

The pub­lic hear­ings will thrust the scan­dal back into the spot­light just four months be­fore the state elec­tion. CON­TIN­UED PAGE 4

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