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Questions without notice: Member's conduct

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Sam Hibbins MP
Member for Prahran
29 March 2018

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — My question is to the Premier. Premier, Victorians are rightly fed up with the seemingly endless series of scandals involving Labor and Liberal politicians.

Honourable members interjecting.

The SPEAKER — Order! The house will come to order. The member for Prahran, in silence.

Mr HIBBINS — In just this term of Parliament we have seen MPs betray the trust of Victorians with the rorting of the second home allowance, the misuse of ministerial drivers, dinners with mobsters, secret deals with Crown Casino, Transurban and Apple, and now the misuse of public money to fund your election campaign. Victorians want politicians to do better, and we deserve better. Premier, will you now create an independent parliamentary standards commissioner to hold dodgy politicians to account?

Mr ANDREWS (Premier)  — I do thank the member for Prahran for his question. Here I was thinking that the opposition and the Greens were so, so close. It would appear not. If only I had the facility to give over half my time to the Leader of the Opposition to rebut. Surely he would want to rebut the monologue, the dissertation, the soliloquy from the member for Prahran. We do always love to be lectured at by those who sit up there in the commentary box —

Mr Hibbins — On a point of order, Speaker, the Premier appears to be misrepresenting what is going on. I actually asked him a question during question time, and I think that deserves an answer.

The SPEAKER — I ask the Premier to come back to answering the question.

Mr ANDREWS — I am answering the member for Prahran, and on his behalf I think it is offensive for him to be referred to as 'Saint Sam' as he was by those opposite. I think that is inappropriate. The member for Prahran has asked a question, and I would direct the member for Prahran to the Ombudsman's report where no recommendation of action against anyone is made, where findings of people acting in good faith have been made and where moneys have appropriately been repaid by the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party. I do thank the member for Prahran for establishing that he is not completely connected to the Liberal and National parties. He in fact left the National Party out of his tale of woe — of course he being a representative of that perfect institution, the Greens political party, which is perhaps why they did so very well in the recent Batman by-election.

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — Premier, I refer to the Ombudsman's report, which I have read. I refer to recommendation 6, which recommends the establishment of an investigative capacity and clear pathways to refer misuses of parliamentary resources for examination by an independent agency. You have said that you have accepted the Ombudsman's recommendation, so I would ask: what form will this independent agency take, and when will this process be implemented?

Mr ANDREWS (Premier) — Given these are recommendations of the Ombudsman, emanating from her comprehensive report, we will have conversations with the Ombudsman about the development of these things. We only received the report just last week, as all honourable members did. The member for Prahran is asking for the detailed design of these arrangements two or three working days after the report was made public. We will get on and deliver. Be in no doubt, we will deliver a model that you will be able to sit up there and commentate about, because that is about all you ever do.

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Sam Hibbins MP
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29 March 2018
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