Vic Labor branch-stacking saga key moments

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VICTORIAN LABOR'S BRANCH-STACKING SCANDAL:

* June 10, 2020 - The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission starts investigating after receiving confidential information on the possible misuse of public funds by some Victorian government ministers and MPs

* June 14, 2020 - The Nine Network publishes allegations Labor powerbroker Adem Somyurek handed over cash and used parliamentary employees to create fake branch members and amass political influence. The practice, known as branch stacking, is not illegal but against Labor party rules

* June 15, 2020 - Mr Somyurek is sacked from cabinet by Premier Daniel Andrews and resigns from the Labor Party before being booted. Factional ally Robin Scott stands down as veterans minister and assistant treasurer

* June 16, 2020 - Former premier Steve Bracks and former federal minister Jenny Macklin become administrators of the Victorian branch, with voting rights for rank and file members suspended until 2023. Kororoit MP Marlene Kairouz, another Somyurek factional ally, resigns from cabinet

* June 17, 2020 - IBAC confirms it is investigating the branch stacking allegations

* November 25, 2020 - About 1700 Victorian Labor members are expelled after being identified as "non-genuine" in the Bracks/Macklin audit

* January 31, 2021 - Mr Bracks and Ms Macklin finish as Victorian branch administrators. State party remains under federal control

* February 2, 2021 - Ms Kairouz confirms she was charged by Labor with branch stacking

* October 11, 2021 - Public hearings begin for Operation Watts, the joint inquiry by IBAC and the Victorian Ombudsman. State MP Luke Donnellan resigns from cabinet after federal MP Anthony Byrne tells the inquiry the pair paid other people's Labor memberships

* October 12, 2021 - Mr Byrne tells the inquiry the premier's Socialist Left faction also branch stacked. Mr Andrews denies any wrongdoing

* October 13, 2021 - A former staffer of Mr Somyurek says his office misappropriated $14,000 and paid his father for cleaning services he didn't provide

* October 18, 2021 - The inquiry hears Legislative Council President Nazih Elasmar paid for other people's memberships in Labor's Darebin branch

* October 19, 2021 - Ms Kairouz fails in her Supreme Court bid to claim branch stacking charges against her as invalid

* November 9, 2021 - The inquiry hears St Albans MP Natalie Suleyman's father was employed in Mr Byrne's office for factional reasons. Mr Somyurek says branch stacking is "deeply embedded" within the party

* November 11, 2021 - Mr Somyurek denies forging signatures on membership forms for his moderate faction's branch stacking operation

* November 12, 2021 - Mr Somyurek says it's "liberating" to admit to branch stacking while denying misappropriating public funds on his final day of evidence

* December 10, 2021 - Mr Somyurek uses parliamentary privilege to accuse Mr Andrews of branch stacking

* December 13, 2021- Labor's national executive disendorses Mr Donnellan, Ms Kairouz and Mr Scott

* March 3, 2022 - Mr Bryne declares he won't recontest his seat of Holt at the 2022 federal election

* April 28, 2022 - Extracts of the Operation Watts draft report are leaked to the media

* July 20, 2022 - Operation Watts special report is tabled in Victorian parliament. It finds there was "egregious" behaviour within the party but cannot recommend criminal prosecution.

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