Rorts-for-votes quiz for ALP MPs
More witnesses are likely to be added in coming days.
Public sessions have been are confirmed for at least Wednesday and Thursday.
Former campaign staff will give evidence in private. Those campaigners led thousands of volunteers who wore distinctive red shirts when doorknocking voters in an operation Labor credited with helping it win the election.
Reporting on her investigation, which was triggered by revelations in the Herald Sun in 2015, Ms Glass described the scheme as an “artifice” that had been designed to prop up campaign finances.
The report was especially critical of Mr Lenders, a former state treasurer who in 2014 was Labor’s leader in the Upper House. He quit a taxpayerfunded role days before the report was released.
Witnesses have been mailed letters informing them that the inquiry would consider whether MPs who breached a code of conduct were in contempt of parliament and whether fines should be imposed. The committee also has the power to recommend further sanctions for MPs, such as suspensions, which would have to be voted on by the Legislative Council.
Lower House MPs have argued they should not have to face an Upper House inquiry.
Some of the senior MPs named in Ms Glass’s report include Attorney-General Martin Pakula, Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio and Sports Minister John Eren.
Premier Daniel Andrews has not been listed to appear.
Ms Glass’s report said MPs who provided staff for campaigning in marginal seats “almost invariably benefited the election prospects of others” and that “21 Members of the 57th parliament breached the Members’ Guide”.
The Privileges Committee will be able to ask Ms Glass whether Mr Andrews or other senior MPs had responded to her requests for information.
They will also be able to ask Mr Ashton why police chose not to investigate the matter.
The committee includes three Labor MPs and three Coalition MPs.
Vote 1 Local Jobs MP James Purcell is chairman of the committee and Greens MP Nina Springle is the deputy.