Victoria State Government Chief Minister Martin Pakula has refuted reports that the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party refused to cooperate in an anti-corruption investigation.
The Independent Commission Against Large-Scale Corruption is resuming its public hearings today into an investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct involving Victoria officials, including Members of Parliament.
The investigation focuses on former labor minister Adem Somyurek and his moderate Labor group.
Assistant lawyer Chris Carr, SC, said IBAC lawyers requested documents from Labor, including a statement addressing various issues, but were rejected.
“Unfortunately, until now lawyers for the Victorian branch of the PLA have declined a request to provide this assistance,” Carr said.
Asked about the reports today, Mr. Pakula, minister of major events, trade, tourism, racing and sports, said it was not fair to say the party was not cooperating.
“The truth is that there have already been three or four electoral agents who have already testified. There was an MP, there was a Labor mayor, ”said Pakula, speaking from the Melbourne Cup.
He said he did not know what the documents were and that he only knew what had been reported.
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