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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR: Vic Libs could get an ICAC sooner than they think

tedbaillieuicac The Victorian Opposition had some fun today ripping into the government over allegations by Costas Socratous, a disgruntled former Labor staffer who has accused everyone from Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor, Parl Sec Bill Shorten, state Parl Sec Telmo Languiller, former state industry minister Theo Theophanous and others of being involved in an elaborate branch stacking conspiracy.

He’s not the only one getting in on the act. The Age reported the Coburg branch of the ALP has condemned branch stacking and has demanded a full inquiry.

A branch secretary of the Coburg branch in Wills and an ally of Senator David Feeney, Robert Larocca sent out this email today:

Branch Members
You may have seen mentions of the branch in the press today.
Whilst the minutes are not finished yet I thought those not at the meeting may appreciate seeing the detail of the resolution.
So for your information attached is a copy of the branch’s resolution that was adopted by the branch without any dissent.
If you have any questions about it don’t hesitate to let me know.
Robert Larocca

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It isn’t certain whether there’ll be an inquiry into the Wills FEA over Larocca’s allegations of branch stacking corruption in his local seat but it is certainly calculated to put pressure of that kind on the Party Secretary Nick Reece. Larocca, a spokesman for real estate agents in Victoria, intends to run for Wills at some point, and is considered likely to have the backing of Senator Feeney.

Another Feeney ally, Christine Campbell, the state member for Pascoe Vale, has also complained about branch-stacking in the Wills FEA. But Larocca’s entry onto that territory is considered a dramatic escalation by party observers.

Meanwhile, there is a growing realisation in government circles that the ALP will face a tight election come November.

This has led to earnest discussions among cabinet ministers about whether they should call Ted Baillieu’s bluff on his demands for the creation of a politician-hunting anti-corruption commission in Victoria.

Modelled on controversial similar agencies in other states like the ICAC in NSW, this body would potentially have the jurisdiction to be able to investigate complaints of the kind made by Costas Socratous and Robert Larocca, particularly if they related to allegations that public monies were misused in some respect or included allegations relating to the creation of false documents and so on.

VEXNEWS understands that the government is giving serious thought to introducing its own ICAC prior to the state election, depending on the recommendations of Elizabeth Proust who has been reviewing the issue and other bodies including the Victorian Ombudsman.

It would ensure that – in the event Baillieu was elected – an anti-corruption commission would be in place for day one of his government.

And while it could examine allegations from the likes of Socratous and Larocca, it could also examine the Baillieu government, if one was elected. Labor hardheads have reflected on the Kennett government and its various mini-scandals relating to everything from Crown Casino to the Premier’s own private investments.

“Many think we should this trap for them, if Baillieu is half as dodgy as Jeff was, they’ll fall over in a heap.”

One MP we discussed this speculation with was appalled by this possibility.

“Baillieu is playing the Latham tear-down-the-temple card. When Latham demanded the scrapping of the parliamentary pension, it gave Howard no choice but to scrap it. This ICAC idea is in much the same kind of cheap anti-politician nonsense. It’d serve Ted right (if Brumby introduced one) but it doesn’t make it a good idea. Look at what recently happened in NSW. An MP sacked one of her staff. The staff-member then dobbed in the MP for allegedly rorting her electorate entitlements. The rest played out in public with the mere allegation being enough to cause her considerable difficulty. This could happen to any MP sacking anyone on their staff. They are sitting ducks for any allegation, however false. And they are especially vulnerable with an ICAC going around scalp-hunting and justifying its own monster-budget by nailing politicians regularly. This culture of political vengeance is what Baillieu is doing his best to create. It’s short-term stupidity and madness.”

With allegations of wrongdoing from the ALP from Costas Socratous and Robert Larocca, even in a dual election year, there is no doubt a Victorian ICAC would have plenty of fuel for their politician-burning fire.

Discussion

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  1. The NSW ALP ex-Member has admitted rorting. Sure she was dobbed in but there is no “alleged” about it.

    Posted by Arther conan doyle | May 25, 2010, 17:29
  2. This is enough to make a silly old man like me excited again.

    Posted by Eric Dearicott | May 25, 2010, 17:52
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  4. The two-faced part about it is, when it comes time to vote, all those “holier than thou” types go to the stackers seeking votes – the hypocracy of it.

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2010, 20:15
  5. ted’s piss weak effort in question time today showed that he is not ready to win and should scare the shit out of those mp’s with wafer thing margins and those candidates who are about to put their lives on hold to go campaign for this insipid style of leadership.

    this small ‘l’ liberal and cheap political point scoring shit cannot go on much longer.

    the reason why we are not all over brumby in the polls is because the average punter has had enough of ted’s soft style of leadership and his championing of nothing causes which means they dont know what his core message is.

    it should be tough on law and order, punishing crims, fixing the transport system and getting the victorian economy moving again

    yes to the political classes branch staking in the alp is rather amusing. but to the punter on the street it doesnt make a difference. they have come to expect this from politicians (which is a worry, however, the reality) all they want is an easier life, they dont want to pay more tax, dont want to get bashed when they leave their home and generally want a quiet, happy, healthy life for them and their kids.

    seriously those punters in the marginal’s would not have been moved by todays parliamentary effort.

    come on ted, cut the crap get rid of the soft, gutless, talentless, small ‘l’ liberals who are around you in your office and your mates like petro who think that their moral superiority will win you the election. sniff the political wind and have a go. there are so many people you despise on your team that want you to win but really cannot see where your driving this bus, besides off the cliff.

    Posted by dying for ted to have a go | May 25, 2010, 20:56
  6. ICAC my pants every time they mention the idea.

    Posted by Colin Brooks | May 25, 2010, 21:36
  7. Hey I don’t want an ICAC unless it comes in under my terms! Its no good pretending to support something that will eventually bite me and my ‘mates’ on the bum…..

    Posted by Boofa Leigh | May 25, 2010, 21:45
  8. Brumby has never said he wouldn’t have an ICAC…. “The reality is, as I have told the Parliament previously, that I have requested Elizabeth Proust, as a former head of the Department of Premier and Cabinet, to examine all of the existing arrangements that we have in place in relation to integrity, corruption and misconduct and to review those to see if they can be further improved.”

    Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2010, 21:55
  9. Oh dear Robert Lorocca did not just say the word branch stacking. I can’t believe what I just read. The rebel right have apparently just spoken on the issue of branch staking.

    Posted by god help us Rob Hulls is deputy premier | May 25, 2010, 22:03
  10. kind of ironic considering I am stacking Coburg branch for Robert Larocca

    Posted by Milad El-Halabi | May 25, 2010, 22:25
  11. yawn … the left actually moved the motion

    Posted by anon | May 25, 2010, 22:35
  12. ted’s piss weak effort in question time today showed that he is not ready to win and should scare the shit out of those mp’s with wafer thing margins and those candidates who are about to put their lives on hold to go campaign for this insipid style of leadership.
    this small ‘l’ liberal and cheap political point scoring shit cannot go on much longer.
    the reason why we are not all over brumby in the polls is because the average punter has had enough of ted’s soft style of leadership and his championing of nothing causes which means they dont know what his core message is.
    it should be tough on law and order, punishing crims, fixing the transport system and getting the victorian economy moving again
    yes to the political classes branch staking in the alp is rather amusing. but to the punter on the street it doesnt make a difference. they have come to expect this from politicians (which is a worry, however, the reality) all they want is an easier life, they dont want to pay more tax, dont want to get bashed when they leave their home and generally want a quiet, happy, healthy life for them and their kids.
    seriously those punters in the marginal’s would not have been moved by todays parliamentary effort.
    come on ted, cut the crap get rid of the soft, gutless, talentless, small ‘l’ liberals who are around you in your office and your mates like petro who think that their moral superiority will win you the election. sniff the political wind and have a go. there are so many people you despise on your team that want you to win but really cannot see where your driving this bus, besides off the cliff.

    Posted by The Voice | May 25, 2010, 22:55
  13. habi habi this is fun…

    Posted by El Karnoze | May 25, 2010, 23:55
  14. In- grown toe nails can cause pain. They are best dealt with promptly. Only in the politics do we give these toe nails such free reign while letting the body politic die. Best to deal with the source of pain. Simply apply icac.

    Posted by Ingrown toenails | May 26, 2010, 6:54
  15. It would be good to review all lib party members connections with rogue international colleges. A Vic icac may also find fertile ground looking at opposition trips to India and mining deals.

    Posted by Libs can of worms | May 26, 2010, 8:54
  16. It’s like the establishment of the 2009 Vic Bushfires Royal Commission.

    Politically, a very bad move….

    Posted by Rampant | May 26, 2010, 10:50
  17. I thunk ut uz high time thut Vuctoria hud un ICUC

    Posted by Murray from New Zealand | May 26, 2010, 18:52
  18. The facts in regard to the Coburg Branch
    Larocca is Branch President not Sec
    The motion as released by Larocca was moved by the LEFT
    The motion was carried with only the mover speaking, the stackers that were present did not speak.
    The President Larocca did not vote, I have no idea why he sent it out like he did.
    Larocca is a part of the group/fraction that are stacking the Branch.

    Posted by Ahmed Bin Chated | May 26, 2010, 20:07
  19. I see the problem really being time and resources to investigate thing. Branch stacking and dodgy how to vote cards are just the tip of the ice berge. What about dodgy deals and tender processes, industrial problem solving links. It’s just a pity we can’t have a commission into incompetence. Is suspect there would be very few left.

    Posted by Three wise Monkeys | May 26, 2010, 20:23
  20. Dont you have to study branch stacking before you get to work for the ALP.Prof.Seitz has taught a number of pupils out west to do it and get a Federal seat.

    Posted by pottermouth | May 31, 2010, 12:57
  21. Well, whaddya know. We’ll have an ICAC very very soon.

    Posted by McCoy Pauley | June 2, 2010, 18:19
  22. Nothing would save the Governor General Kerr in the post 1975 fallout and nothing not even an ICAC will save dullard Brumby
    See its too little too late!
    Brumby is beholden to too many leftie pro abortion ultra- pushy women in his Cabinet and the voting public sure dont like that at all!
    So its a bit too late to now get serious so get out into the real world Brumby,well after the next election you will have to face reality!

    Posted by Governor- General | June 2, 2010, 21:49
  23. Kind of ironic that im a tossa and no one cares what i think..All i do is demonize Robert Larocca and WANK WANK WANK.. I’m just jealous that the right can ‘actively recruit’ far better than what the left can.. YADI YADI YA.. Go sleep you old fart

    Posted by Mick Ditchburn | June 24, 2010, 0:44

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