Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade (11.5.2017)
Written on the 18 May 201711 May 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My adjournment matter is for the Special Minister of State in his capacity of overseeing the integrity of government. It relates to an event attended by a member for Southern Metropolitan Region which Mr Davis, Ms Fitzherbert and I also represent the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, the Honourable Philip Dalidakis.
It was brought to my attention that on Sunday the minister, in his capacity as a local member, attended an event at Crown organised by the Caulfield Schule to celebrate Israel's 69th birthday.
At this event the minister announced that he would be providing funding for the synagogue and presented a novelty cheque in his name for a sum of $250 000.
The novelty cheque also had the Parliament of Victoria logo on it. I am led to believe that not all in the audience understood that this was in fact a government grant to the schule for the sum of $250 000. There were some in the audience who thought that it was money provided by the member himself.
What has been raised with me is that the member may have deliberately misrepresented the government grant for his own personal benefit.
The action I seek is that the minister provide an assurance to me that the member has not breached ministerial conduct by misrepresenting the public and putting his own name to the novelty cheque for $250 000.