Member conduct - Rorting (6.9.2017)
Written on the 8 September 20176 September 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
I too, like my colleagues and most Victorians, was absolutely horrified to read the front page of the Herald Sun today, which reveals more rorting by this Labor government.
It is incredible to think that we have got rorting going on to the extent that is reported in today's paper where there are whistleblowers that have come out saying hundreds of thousands of taxpayers dollars have been siphoned from MPs' printing budgets to pay for party memberships.
This is not the first time that whistleblowers have gone to town on their own party. We have had whistleblowers tell us that members rorted the entitlements by providing electorate officers to the ALP in the red shirts campaign in 2014. While I am on 2014 I will come to another rorter, the former corrections minister, who said back in 2014, and I quote:It is central to the public's faith that their taxpayer dollars are spent for the good of the public and not for the good of politicians, or their mates and friends.
What a load of hypocritical MPs are these government members! They continue to rort. If it is not Ted and Patch in the chauffeur-driven car or the second residence allowance it is this Premier, who continues to protect his MPs. As one government minister said, 'The fish rots from the head.'
Well, Premier, you have got a hell of a stink going on in your party and in this government and it is not good for the Victorian taxpayer or democracy.