REACTIONS TO THE REPORT FROM IBAC AND THE VICTORIAN OMBUDSMAN INTO BRANCH STACKING IN VICTORIAN LABOR:
VICTORIAN OMBUDSMAN DEBORAH GLASS:
"Misuse of public resources was not confined to one faction and it was generally accepted in evidence that the culture allowing branch stacking to continue for so long gave rise to the real risk of corruption. But proof of the broader problem was more anecdotal."
IBAC COMMISSIONER ROBERT REDLICH:
"Some members of parliament were perpetrators, others presented as passive victims of that culture. Above all, we criticise our legislative framework that provides few, if any, consequences for abusing public resources and allows such conduct to continue unchecked."
FORMER LABOR MP ADEM SOMYUREK:
"On the one level, I'm happy. I'm relieved. I feel exonerated. I feel some good emotions on the one side because I'm finally getting my life back. But on the other side, I'm very angry."
PRIME MINISTER ANTHONY ALBANESE:
"What we have is a different set of rules and structures, different personnel in place, as a result of the need to ensure that people could have confidence in the Victorian Labor Party going forward. I have that confidence and I note that the Australian people, in particular people in Victoria, expressed that confidence by electing additional Labor members to the federal parliament."
VICTORIAN LABOR PRESIDENT SUSIE BYERS
"Victorian Labor takes the findings of Operation Watts extremely seriously. As a Branch, we have made great progress towards a better Party. We've radically improved our governance structures, created larger, single-electorate local branches; appointed a party monitor to ensure the integrity of membership rolls; and expelled a large number of non-genuine members from the party."
VICTORIAN OPPOSITION LEADER MATTHEW GUY:
"This critical investigation shows a Labor Government mired in corruption, cover-ups, and political games at the expense of Victorians."
VICTORIAN OPPOSITION TREASURY SPOKESPERSON DAVID DAVIS:
"This report lays out extensive misuse of public resources, extensive corrupt behaviour, extensive misuse of resources - taxpayers resources - for the wrong party political purposes. And it seems that the Red Shirts inquiry was not a sufficient wake-up call for Labor."
ACTING VICTORIAN GREENS LEADER TIM READ:
"MPs are in parliament for the public good, not to spend time and public money on their careers and toxic factionalism. We need a strong umpire to uphold community expectations."