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Operation Watts

Investigation into allegations of misuse of electorate office and ministerial office staff and resources for branch stacking and other party-related activities
Publisher
Australian Labor Party Ministerial staff Parliamentary scrutiny Political corruption Political ethics Political parties Unethical conduct Parliamentarians Victoria
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Operation Watts 1.33 MB
Operation Watts: summary 154.01 KB
Operation Watts: recommendations 148.34 KB
Description

Operation Watts was the first ever joint investigation conducted by IBAC and the Victorian Ombudsman. The investigation was initiated following two referrals, from the Victorian Attorney-General to IBAC, and from the Victorian Legislative Council to the Ombudsman, following allegations of 'branch stacking' involving misuse of public funds by certain Labor Members of Parliament.

The investigation examined a range of matters including allegations of misuse of electorate offices, ministerial office staff and resources for branch stacking and other party-related activities.

Key findings included: the hiring of unqualified people into publicly funded roles; using those roles to support factional work; nepotism; forging signatures; bullying behaviours; and attempts to interfere with government grants.

A key recommendation arising from the report is the establishment of a Parliamentary Ethics Committee and a Parliamentary Integrity Commissioner.

Related Information

Report of the Inquiry into Mr Adem Somyurek’s use of government resources https://apo.org.au/node/319049

Publication Details
ISBN:
978-1-922349-31-6
License type:
CC BY
Access Rights Type:
open