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Labor can’t get their story straight

Thursday, 9 August 2018

The Attorney-General and the Minister for Police are now caught up in tangle of contradictions about what conversations have taken place between the Premier and his Ministers and those Ministers and Victoria Police regarding the police investigation of the Labor red shirts rorts.

Yesterday, the Attorney-General referred in Parliament to undertakings made by the Minister for Police about dealings by himself and the Minister for Police with Victoria Police while the police investigation is underway.

Today, the Attorney-General denied that such undertakings existed.

Yesterday, the Minister for Police told the House that she was not a subject of the police investigation. Today, she denied she knew any details of the investigation.

Yesterday, and on radio on Monday, the Minister referred to discussions she had with the Chief Commissioner about the investigation and about protocols and procedures she had put in place. 

Today, the Minister denied she had any discussions about the investigation with the Chief Commissioner and refused to provide details of the protocols and procedures she claimed she had put in place.

The Minister also revealed today that she has had discussions with the Premier about how her role in relation to the police investigation should be handled, and that the Premier had been involved in other discussions about the issue.

So Victorians now have an Attorney-General at odds with the Minister for Police, the Minister for Police unable to get her story straight, and the Premier revealed as pulling the strings on what his Ministers should and shouldn’t do about the police investigation in which they are caught up.

The Attorney-General and the Minister for Police need to issue full and detailed statements about what discussions they have had with each other, with the Premier, and with Victoria Police regarding the police investigation of the Labor Red Shirts Rorts.

The Minister for Police needs to issue in full the protocols and procedures that she claims she has put in place with the Chief Commissioner regarding these investigations, and release all notes of conversations and all correspondence between her and her office and the Chief Commissioner and his office.

The Premier needs to issue a full and detailed statement about the discussions he has had with the Minister for Police and the Attorney-General about the police investigation.

The contradictions and inconsistencies in which Victoria’s two senior justice Ministers are now caught up confirm that the Premier needs to stand down the six Ministers subject to police investigation, including the Attorney-General, and perhaps needs to stand down the Minister for Police as well.