Labor rorts are a disgrace to Parliament: McCurdy

Tuesday 7 March 2017

The appalling actions of Victorian Labor MPs who have chosen to rort the system are a disgrace to the Parliament of Victoria, Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy said today.

“The actions of former Speaker of the House Telmo Languiller and Deputy Speaker Don Nardella are particularly shocking,” Mr McCurdy said.

“A key role of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker is to uphold the dignity and integrity of the Victorian Parliament - they have shown blatant disregarded for this.

“Don Nardella has refused to repay the more than $100,000 in living costs that he owes, even at the request of the Premier.”

Mr McCurdy said the behavior of these two MPs has created a crisis of confidence in the role of the Speaker and the Parliament in this state.

“The rorting of Victorian taxpayers has to stop.”

Mr McCurdy said today’s sitting of Parliament showed a government in disarray.

“It’s a sad day when the Member for Gembrook is stripped of three days salary for interrupting the new Speaker of the House but the Speaker refuses to demand the now ex-deputy Speaker hand back the money he has inappropriately taken from the people of Victoria,” he said.

“During Parliament today the calls were loud and clear: ‘Hand back the money Don’.

“The calls fell on deaf ears so the Premier will now take a tainted vote from the ex-deputy Speaker who refuses to show remorse.”


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