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Shadow police minister asks Victoria Police to re-open ‘red shirts’ investigation

Neil Mitchell
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The shadow police minister says he’s asked Victoria Police to re-open its investigation into Labor’s “red shirts” scandal.

It comes after sacked former minister Adem Somyurek gave evidence at the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) into allegations of branch-stacking.

Daniel Andrews has refused to comment on allegations he knew about Labor’s red shirts scheme in the lead-up to the 2014 election.

Brad Battin told Neil Mitchell said the Victorian Premier had questions to answer.

“I’ve asked the Chief Commissioner to re-open the investigation after the allegations from Adem Somyurek yesterday at IBAC, under oath, where he stated the Premier was aware of what had happened and also said the premier had made that statement in relation to do you want to win elections, or not,” he said.

“That shows he had blatant disregard for the use of taxpayer money.”

Mr Battin said “nobody was above the law” and it was “really important” government officials were “treated the same” as everyday citizens.

“We have to have faith in the system,” he said.

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Neil Mitchell
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