Victorian Labor's scandals under Andrews

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SCANDALS THAT HAVE ROCKED THE ANDREWS GOVERNMENT:

ADEM SOMYUREK BULLYING

* In May 2015, small business, innovation and trade minister Adem Somyurek was stood down from cabinet after his then chief of staff Dimity Paul accused him of bullying, which he denied.

* He resigned in July 2015 after an investigation by the secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

PATCH AND TED

* In November 2016, training and skills minister Steve Herbert resigned for using his taxpayer-funded driver to chauffeur his two dogs, Patch and Ted, between his Melbourne and Trentham homes.

* Mr Herbert told parliament he had organised for his dogs to be driven without him, but didn't know how many times because the trips weren't logged.

* He paid back $192.80 in travel expenses for the trips and donated $1000 to a Woodend animal shelter.

* Mr Herbert left parliament in 2017.

SECOND HOME ALLOWANCE

* In 2017 former Speaker Telmo Languiller and his deputy Don Nardella were involved in rorting an allowance for country members, prompting their resignations.

* Mr Languiller represented Tarneit, but claimed $38,000 to live in Queenscliff in 2016.

* He repaid the money and did not recontest the election.

* Mr Nardella claimed the allowance since 2010, first living in Ballarat, then Ocean Grove.

* He initially quit Labor rather than agree to Premier Daniel Andrews' demand to pay back $98,000.

* Mr Nardella later agreed to a payment plan and a $16,000 lump sum.

* The scandal resulted in the creation of the tribunal meant to take pay issues out of the control of MPs themselves.

* In April 2019, former Victorian assistant treasurer Robin Scott paid back $60,000 in second-home allowances he unknowingly received between 2014 and 2016.

RED SHIRTS

* Labor misused $388,000 in parliamentary allowances to pay political campaign staff during the 2014 election.

* About 21 past and present Labor MPs breached parliamentary guidelines when staff were diverted to help campaign for members.

* The rort was subject to ombudsman and police investigations spanning more than 12 months, and no criminal charges were laid.

PRINTING CASH FOR STACKS

* Upper house MP Khalil Eideh's electoral office was accused of misusing printing allowances to fund party branch stacking in 2017.

* A parliamentary-wide audit found questionable invoices, which were referred to the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, and his office office was later shut.

* He resigned as deputy president in October 2017, then retired at the 2018 election.

* IBAC charged four people, including father and son Justin and Umberto Mammarella, whose matters have been finalised this year.

JANE GARRETT AND THE CFA

* Former emergency services minister Jane Garrett quit cabinet rather than sign off on a controversial firefighters' union pay deal that saw the premier's intervention in 2016.

* She then lost her pre-selection bid for the state's upper house after deciding to leave the marginal seat of Brunswick at the 2018 state election.

* She went on to serve Eastern Victoria in the Legislative Council for nearly four years before her death on July 2 this year from breast cancer aged 49.

MODERATE FACTION BRANCH STACKING

* In 2020, Mr Somyurek was accused of handing over cash and using parliamentary employees to create fake members to amass political power.

* He was the first of four ministers to lose their portfolios, with Robin Scott and Marlene Kairouz stepping down, then a year later Luke Donnellan.

* A joint ombudsman and IBAC inquiry uncovered unethical and inappropriate behaviour within Labor, including bullying, taxpayer-funded jobs for unqualified people to undertake factional work, rampant nepotism and forging signatures.

* Adverse findings were made against Mr Somyurek and Ms Kairouz, but neither will face criminal charges.

* Mr Andrews apologised for the "disgraceful" behaviour and promised to implement all 21 recommendations of the Operation Watts report, plus additional legislative reforms for all parties.

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