Audit report expected on Vic perks scandal

Kaitlyn Offer

The expenses scandal that has plagued the Victorian government in recent weeks is set to again dominate when parliament resumes.

The parliamentary audit committee will meet on Tuesday to consider a PricewaterhouseCoopers investigation into the second residence allowances claimed by former speaker Telmo Languiller and his deputy Don Nardella.

The pair claimed a combined $140,000 to live on the Bellarine Peninsula instead of their metropolitan electorates and were forced to resign from their parliamentary positions.

Mr Nardella has also since left the parliamentary Labor party.

This week is sandwiched between two major industrial shut downs in Gippsland - the Heyfield mill announcement and the Hazelwood coal fired power station closure.

Australian Sustainable Hardwoods announced on Friday it will shut its Heyfield mill in September 2018, potentially moving operations to Tasmania.

The company rejected Victoria's offer of a three-year contract of one year's timber supply at 80,000 cubic metres and two years at 60,000 cubic metres as well as a $4.75 million, three-year operational subsidy.

It says it also never heard of a government offer to buy the mill until a press release on Friday morning.

The CFMEU will lead a protest by Heyfield workers to parliament house on Tuesday, including about 50 semi-trailers coming in to Melbourne from Gippsland.

The Hazelwood mine and power station will close on Friday, March 31,

In the lower house, reforms to the juries act are slated for debate on Tuesday, as is the family violence protection amendment bill on Wednesday and a blanket ban on synthetic drugs on Thursday.