Daniel Andrews

Police Interview Labor MPs Over Red Shirts Rort

On Wednesday it was revealed that the Victorian Police were interviewing Victorian Labor MPs over the ‘red shirts’ rort scheme.

In comments yesterday, Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said that the result of the investigation could be released before the election on 24 November.

You never know with these things until they finish do you, but at this point I’m thinking it could be.’

If this happens, it could put a serious dent in current Premier Daniel Andrews’ chances of re-election.

For background, the ‘red shirts’ rort scheme involved the use of taxpayer money to fund Labor’s 2014 campaign staff.

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Red shirts rort involves serious offences

When discussing the matter in July, the Chief Commissioner said that potential offences in the investigation could be ‘making and using a false document, false accounting, conspiracy to cheat and defraud and misconduct in public office’.

Conspiracy to cheat and defraud would perhaps be the most damaging as it carries a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.

Now, while it is unlikely that Labor MPs will be imprisoned, the seriousness of the charges could make a Labor MP flip on their co-conspirators.

Labor under pressure in polls

Publicly, Daniel Andrews is mute on the investigation saying, ‘It would be completely inappropriate for me to provide any commentary at all’.

But behind closed doors, he is likely doing all he can to ensure the answers provided to police are consistent, and that none of the MPs flip.

The Andrews government’s re-election is on a knife edge, with the most recent polls giving Labor a 52% to 48% lead.

With these polls in mind, it would certainly be a nervous time for Labor government MPs in Victoria.

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