Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been heavily criticised by Stephen Charles KC, retired Court of Appeal judge and board member of the Centre for Public Integrity, Australia’s leading anti-corruption think tank, for his response to findings of misconduct in his government. Andrews dismissed the findings, which revealed improper influence and misconduct in the awarding of a $1.2m contract to the Health Workers Union, as an “educational report”. Charles contends that Andrews’ claim of no corrupt conduct stems from the narrowness of IBAC’s legislation. The Premier’s dismissal of serious misconduct findings as “educational” was described as “highly offensive” and “mischievous”. Charles insists the investigation clearly exposes the abuse of entrusted power for political gain, a definition of corruption according to Transparency International.
This summary comes from The Australian, was written by Rachel Baxendale, and can be found here.