Is this accountable government?

I can’t understand why Labor’s indefensible, possible illegal, use of taxpayers’ money to fund the 2014 election campaign in Victoria hasn’t got more traction in the press.

It’s a complete ripper – Labor rorting the rules by reassigning taxpayer-funded electoral officers to campaign for Labor; in particular, by training and organising volunteers to beg for votes in marginal seats.

It’s pretty obvious that this was against the rules; after all, these electoral officers were not even working in the electorates to which they were assigned.

To give the Greens their due, they have worked hard to have this  issue exposed.  The Libs too have complained loudly and publicly.

All the time, the Andrews government has used taxpayer  money to resist all attempts to have the spending of the money in this way investigated; in this instance, by the Ombudsman.

There have been two court cases thus far and now Labor henchman and enforcer, Martin Pakula (the AG in Victoria) wants to take the case to the High Court.

Of course, all this legal manoeuvring makes it only more apparent that Labor in Victoria has a lot to hide and will go to almost any lengths to cover up the racket.

Watch this space.

THE Andrews Government will ask the High Court to stop the Ombudsman probing the Labor Party’s alleged misuse of parliamentary resources.

Ombudsman Deborah Glass was asked by the Legislative Council to investigate allegations Labor MPs misused staff budget entitlements in the lead-up to the 2014 state election.

The Supreme Court last year cleared the way for Ms Glass to investigate, declaring it was within her jurisdiction.

The Andrews Government appealed that decision and lost in December.

Attorney-General Martin Pakula said on Wednesday that the government would now seek leave to appeal to Australia’s highest court.

The Herald Sun revealed the extent of the rorts-for-votes scheme, including that MPs in safe seats “gave up” taxpayer-funded staff to be used to campaign for Labor in marginal seats.

The allegations were made by Labor whistleblowers, who said electorate officers paid for by the parliament were actually used to campaign for the ALP.

 

Mr Pakula said the Court of Appeal’s decision to allow Ms Glass to investigate gave the Parliament too much power to require the Ombudsman probe any matter, including the actions of private companies and individuals, which would compromise her “day to day work”. (SURE)

But Greens leader Greg Barber, who moved the motion in the Legislative Council asking for the Ombudsman to investigate, said it showed Labor would “do anything to avoid an investigation”.

“There are genuine questions to be answered about a possible misuse of taxpayer funds here,” Mr Barber said.

Mr Pakula said the Ombudsman “has been and remains free to conduct her investigation” but that government MPs in the Legislative Assembly would assert their privilege in the matter.

“The High Court consideration of this matter need not impede the Ombudsman from fulfilling her statutory obligations to report to the Parliament on the current referral forthwith,” he said.

Mr Pakula said the government would also try to change the Legislative Council’s referral to the Ombudsman so that she would have to probe the use of parliamentary resources and entitlements by the Coalition and the Greens.

Shadow Attorney-General John Pesutto said the cost of the government’s “attempts to cover-up allegations of serious wrongdoing” would be millions of dollars.

“Victorians will rightly ask why Daniel Andrews is so desperate to shut down any investigation into Labor’s alleged systematic misuse of taxpayer funds to pay for its campaign staff,” he said.

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31 Responses to Is this accountable government?

  1. Caveman

    Is this accountable government?

    I think it is. If you notice that the fourth button down or the second button from the bottom is traditionally know as a flashers release button.

    Be ready for some crazy sh!t to happen with these looney tunes.

    Yes, this is good governance.

  2. Megan

    Accountable government is something the Andrews mob have less than zero experience in. And given the cool billion flushed away with the disposable East West link contract I think it is safe to say that this group of assorted losers and spivs equate tax payers money with monopoly cash.

    A complete and total insult to the effort required of tax payers to earn that money in the first place.

  3. Stackja

    ALP OPM no difference.

  4. For the left it’s always about power by any means and fundamental transformation towards a marxist utopia.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    Straight out of the Democrats’ playbook. Siphon money from taxpayers for electoral purposes then damn the torpedoes. They know the lefty-controlled MSM is on side, especially the ‘trusted and much loved’ ABC.

    It’ll take a Trump to lay waste to these tax eating illegal lying scumbags.

  6. incoherent rambler

    Hey Judith, its not like it is amongst the top 100 bad things the Vic govt. has done.
    Cut them some slack on these minor transgressions.

  7. C.L.

    The scumbaggery of Andrews never ceases to amaze me.

  8. Entropy

    The fundamental problem is that ministerial advisers (who also should be looked into btw) and electoral officers are not appointed for the knowledge and skills, but are a gift of the factions to provide them their troops. Their allegiance is to the faction not the long suffering taxpayers paying their salaries.

  9. Baldrick

    Don’t forget this little snippet, that was released by Ashton’s Circus between the Christmas and New Year break, that took 6 months to investigate in the face of overwhelming evidence and done in the vain hope nobody would notice …

    A close friend of Labor leader Bill Shorten will face court accused of politically motivated vandalism at polling booths on federal election day in Melbourne.
    Andrew Landeryou, the husband of new Labor senator Kimberley Kitching, has been charged with five counts of theft and five counts of criminal damage. He and two other men linked to Labor were charged by summons over the incident and told to face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on February 15.

    At least somebody from Labor Victoria is facing the dock.

  10. chrisl

    I think that should be spelt Martin Peculiar

  11. Somerville

    I can’t understand why Labor’s indefensible, possible illegal, use of taxpayers’ money ………….. hasn’t got more traction in the press.

    Because it’s Labor, Judith. Because it’s Labor.

  12. John Constantine

    Taxfunded ambulances as mobile political advertising.

    Taxpaid firefighters union campaigning.

    Taxfunded media

    Where does crony socialism end?.

    It is good government because they now govern and can spend more next time.

  13. Zyconoclast

    I can’t understand why Labor’s indefensible, possible illegal, use of taxpayers’ money to fund the 2014 election campaign in Victoria hasn’t got more traction in the press.

    Funny stuff. Judith does great comedy..

  14. BrettW

    John Constantine,
    and dont forget the total lack of action regarding the thugs of the CFMEU. I am surprised John Setka was not nominated for VIC AOTY for his charity work.

  15. Leo G

    I don’t know what specific official corruption offences are described in Victorian Law, but isn’t there an offence in that state of concealing evidence of a crime?

  16. At least somebody from Labor Victoria is facing the dock.

    I prefer such people face the stocks. Let the people decide. You know it makes sense.

  17. .

    THE Andrews Government will ask the High Court to stop the Ombudsman probing the Labor Party’s alleged misuse of parliamentary resources.

    Wow, just wow.

    This country is toast.

  18. calli

    I can’t understand why Labor’s indefensible, possible illegal, use of taxpayers’ money to fund the 2014 election campaign in Victoria hasn’t got more traction in the press.

    Really? How about that! 😃

  19. John Comnenus

    Lol

    I am sure Judith is aware of the irony.

    If the Andrews ALP wins the case then the office of Ombudsman has been compromised and is being political.

    If the Andrews ALP loses the case then the High Court has been compromised and is being political.

    The only thing beyond doubt is that the Andrews ALP can spend taxpayer money what ever they need to spend it on to win office.

  20. Tel

    Taxfunded ambulances as mobile political advertising.

    Taxpaid firefighters union campaigning.

    Taxfunded media

    Where does crony socialism end?

    It ends when the non-socialist politicians (handful of them) are wiling to get out there, take a few risks and expose the rorting. They should have a nice memorized list of these to run through robot-Rubio style any time they are in front of any camera. Repetition works, it’s been demonstrated.

  21. Tel

    Speaking of fire fighters, how about this business of the UFU going on strike now? First they insist they can take over the volunteer CFA, not because anyone in the CFA wants to be involved with them in any way whatsoever, but just because it suits the union to barge in… and then, they decide after taking over they will shut the place down with strike action and prevent anyone from volunteering to do anything to protect their own homes from a bushfire.

    Am I missing the obvious here? How do Victorians cope with this?!?

  22. Habib

    Without doubt they’re corrupt, malfeasant, incompetent, incestous and often criminal cretins, who are looting their fiefdom purely for personal benefit, and to reward their sponsors and cronies.

    In what material way do they differ from the alternative on offer?

  23. H B Bear

    Democracy. Good and hard.

    Vote in vermin, don’t complain.

  24. .

    Some dissenting prick and legend ought to start up the VVFB. The Victorian Volunteer Fire Brigade.

  25. JohnA

    Mr Pakula said the Court of Appeal’s decision to allow Ms Glass to investigate gave the Parliament too much power to require the Ombudsman probe any matter, including the actions of private companies and individuals, which would compromise her “day to day work”. (SURE)

    Just to remind Mr Pakula of the definition of an Ombudsman (from the most accessible source)
    Wikipedia Ombudsman

    There is a third option at the door of the High Court – Their Honours may decline to grant leave to appeal if it is not within their jurisdiction.

  26. Ross B

    JS: I can’t understand why Labor’s indefensible, possible illegal, use of taxpayers’ money to fund the 2014 election campaign in Victoria hasn’t got more traction in the press…

    Where’s the member for Bulleen? Hiding? Those of us living north of the Rio Grande wouldn’t have the faintest clue who or where this Guy is or why he’s so good at hiding, but if you’re wondering why the ALP gets away with whatever they want to get away with look no further than your local Liberal member. Little wonder Pauline Hanson has such an enthusiastic spring in her step.

  27. John Constantine

    Any firefighter that operates outside their leftist controlled big government controlled structure will have their lives destroyed by lawfare, regulation and compliance.

    Putting out fires is not something their left can tolerate obsolete deplorables doing.

    Progress the will of Stalin first, do the fire thing only when the social justice is correct.

  28. Cannibal

    Tel,
    The UFU has a long way to go to infiltrate the local CFA brigades. The UFU can go on strike all it likes, but local CFA brigades have the keys to the sheds and vehicles, and they’ll deploy whenever they like. I’d like to see a typical bloated UFU union delegate try to intervene when a CFA brigade in mobilising. Would be hilarious to watch, though brief.

  29. Robbo

    So we have this blatant attempt to shut down an investigation into the Andrews Government rorting the system using taxpayers money to cheat their way to an election victory, and we have the saga of the disgusting control over that same Government by the thuggish United Firefighters Union along with the the Government doing anything that the CFMEU asks it to do, and still the polls show that these pillocks would be re-elected if an election were held today. All of that says a lot about the hopeless ineffectiveness of the Liberal Party opposition in Victoria. They aren’t seen, they aren’t heard and they don’t seem to stand for anything or anybody. If Matthew Guy and his cabal of incompetents think that they can just hang around doing nothing until the next election and that they will win because the Andrews Government is on the nose then they had better think again. The lessons of Brexit and Donald Trump need to be learnt by Guy and his fellow dills. There will be an alternative to Labor and Liberal at the next election and those who are disgusted by Labor and despairing of the Liberals will certainly turn to that alternative. It may not be the complete answer to the issues facing the State but it will probably be better than having another four years of shambolic government by one or other of the major party’s.

  30. Ross B

    Robbo; There will be an alternative to Labor and Liberal at the next election and those who are disgusted by Labor and despairing of the Liberals will certainly turn to that alternative.

    Yes Robbo, and the Liberal Party is so inept those they might call their leaders either don’t care or don’t understand what’s happening and how it’s going to hit them, which is all the more reason they deserve everything that’s coming.

  31. .

    I don’t know how they can stop people from forming a voluntary association to put out fires.

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