ALP MPs FACE RORTS-FOR-VOTES PUBLIC GRILLING
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