Minister resigns over branch-stacking allegations
Luke Grant is joined by Tim Smith, Victoria’s Shadow Attorney-General, following an explosive day at Victoria’s IBAC yesterday.
Already, Victorian Aged Care Minister Luke Donnellan has quit the Labor ministry after he was accused of paying Labor Party membership fees on behalf of others as part of a branch-stacking operation led by former power-broker Adem Somyurek.
Federal MP Anthony Byrne on Monday told IBAC that Mr Donnellan was involved in a factional alliance with Mr Somyurek and contributed to a “kitty”, which was used to pay for membership to control branches and secure positions in Parliament for allies.
It makes Mr Donnellan the fourth minister to leave his post in relation to the branch stacking affair exposed in 2020 by The Age Newspaper and 60 Minutes
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