Reports that Member or Parliament, Andy Meddick failed to disclose that the United Firefighters Union offered a paid job to his family member when the fire service legislation was under consideration is deeply concerning.
These reports raise serious questions about potential financial inducements being provided to Members of Parliament or their family to secure their vote on Victorian laws.
It is well known that union bosses will be financially advantaged under Labor’s fire service legislation, with their salary and retirement benefits directly linked to membership numbers.
The Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) is already investigating reports that public officials have been improperly influenced by gifts and donations, and this issue involving Mr Meddick also warrants investigation.
The Liberal Nationals have referred this conflict of interest involving Animal Justice Party MP Mr Meddick to IBAC.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Nick Wakeling:
“Serious questions have been raised as to whether any inducements were provided by the union to Mr Meddick to influence his vote on fire services legislation.
“Victorians expect that any allegation of corruption involving any member of the Victorian Parliament and the United Firefighters Union will be investigated.”