IBAC’s Operation Watts resumes on Tuesday after an explosive first day of hearings in which Federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne admitted branch stacking, hiring ghost staff and being aware of rigged party ballots.
Mr Byrne – the 22-year member for Holt in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs – also told the hearing former government ministers Adem Somyurek and Marlene Kairouz were “coercing” electorate and ministerial staff to engage in branch-stacking.
The fallout continued when Victorian Aged Care Minister Luke Donnellan quit the Labor ministry on Monday amid Mr Byrne’s testimony.
Mr Byrne accused Mr Donnellan of paying Labor Party membership fees on behalf of others as part of a branch stacking operation.
Anthony Byrne – the 22-year member for Holt in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs – will give testimony for a second day during IBAC’s anti-corruption probe. Picture: Mick Tsikas
During his testimony Mr Bryne said Mr Donnelan and Mr Somyurek gave “roughly” the same amount of money to the scheme paying for party memberships.
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