Ms Peulich said the Government should fully cooperate with the Ombudsman and allow the investigation to proceed, but it was instead throwing up road-blocks.
Last year, the Parliament’s upper house, the Legislative Council, referred the matter of Labor’s alleged misuse of tax-payer provided electorate staff for party political campaigning during the 2014 State election to the Ombudsman for investigation.
In a September 18 article, Mr Andrews was quoted as saying that the ALP would “co-operate and assist” and Mr Jennings said the Government would co-operate in reviews of electorate officer schemes.
Quotes attributed to Inga Peulich MLC, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs:
“I call on Daniel Andrews to stop trying to hide from scrutiny and ensure the full cooperation of field organisers and the Labor Party with the Ombudsman’s investigation. We would not need judicial opinion if there was full cooperation.
“If Labor had nothing to hide, they would be keen to have an investigation clear them, but clearly they are choosing to not cooperate and are doing everything they can to put up shoddy road-blocks and shut down any investigation.
“Mr Jennings and Mr Andrews promised they would cooperate and assist with the investigation, so Victorians have the right to question why they are now breaking that promise.