Shepparton News

Somyurek dad paid for no work, inquiry told

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MELBOURNE: — The office of a former Victorian Labor powerbroke­r misappropr­iated up to $14,000 and paid his father for cleaning services never provided, an anticorrup­tion inquiry has heard.

Former staffer Adam Sullivan told the Independen­t Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission he spent up to $14,000 from Adem Somyurek’s electorate office budget on stamps for Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson’s 2018 re-election campaign. Mr Sullivan said he was told in early 2018 by Nick McLennan, a ministeria­l adviser to Koroit MP Marlene Kairouz, to purchase the stamps using the budget, which is not meant for political purposes.

Mr Sullivan also told the inquiry Mr Somyurek’s father was paid for cleaning services despite the office being ‘‘decrepit’’, ‘‘rundown’’ and ‘‘complete with cobwebs’’.

Mr Sullivan said he never saw anyone clean other than himself, and that it was not ‘‘common practice’’ for family members of an MP or factional ally to be employed in electorate offices.

He said four other staffers worked at the office, including a woman employed as a casual for six weeks full-time but he rarely saw them.

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