The watchdogs considered whether the identified misconduct constituted criminal offending that should be referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions and ultimately opted against it.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he’ll take action over the findings of an integrity report. Source: AAP
Within hours of the report’s release, Mr Andrews announced his government accepted the recommendations and would establish a parliamentary integrity commissioner and ethics committee.
“As leader of the party and leader of our state I take full responsibility for that conduct. That is what the top job is about and I apologise for it.”
No adverse findings against Victorian premier
Mr Somyurek quit the party in June 2020 before he could be expelled following the reports.
Adem Somyurek quit the Victorian Labor Party in 2020 over branch stacking allegations. Source: AAP
Mr Somyurek’s factional allies Robin Scott and Marlene Kairouz also departed cabinet following the expose. All three MPs have previously denied wrongdoing.
According to the report, Mr Andrews “agreed that the practice was not limited to one faction and occurred ‘across the board’ ” but he “denied any personal knowledge of, or involvement in, such practices”.
Asked if further inquiries might stem from what was uncovered during the Operation Watts investigation, Ombudsman Deborah Glass said the matter had concluded.