Posted on 08. Nov, 2011 in News

The Labor Opposition will today move to set up a special parliamentary committee that will investigate the contradictory versions of events given by two senior Coalition MPs to the Office of Police Integrity.

The OPI report revealed a plot to bring down the Independent Police Chief Commissioner, and forced a senior ministerial adviser and the Parliamentary Secretary for Police to resign.

Under oath, the Member for Benambra told the Office of Police Integrity that he had informed Mr Ryan that he had met with Sir Ken Jones, the former Deputy Chief Commissioner of Police accused of leaking against Simon Overland.

But Mr Ryan has repeatedly denied knowledge of the meeting.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews urged the Baillieu Government to support Labor’s motion to set up the committee.

“This scandal is littered with inconsistencies and contradictions, and it’s time all Victorians got some straight answers,” Mr Andrews said.

“The Baillieu Government’s refusal to answer simple questions on the damning OPI report has forced the Labor Opposition to take the step to set up the committee.

“Peter Ryan has told the OPI one thing. Under oath Bill Tilley has told the OPI something completely different. Peter Ryan has effectively called Bill Tilley a liar. Someone has misled the OPI –
Victorians deserve to know who.

“Given the Premier’s boasts about being open and accountable, there’s no reason why the Government shouldn’t support this committee. Bill Tilley deserves an opportunity to set the record straight. With his support, Labor will do just that.”

The Opposition will move that:

(1)       A select committee be appointed to inquire into and report upon the discrepancy in evidence given to the Office of Police Integrity by the Member for Gippsland South and the Member for Benambra.

(2)       The committee consist of three members from the Government and three members from the Opposition and the quorum be three.

(3)       So much of Standing Order 205 be suspended to enable members to be appointed by lodgement of their names with the Speaker by the Leader of the Government, in the case of Government members, and the Manager of Opposition Business, in the case of Opposition members, no later than 4.00 pm on Friday, 11 November, 2011.

(4)       A Government member be the Chair and an Opposition member be the Deputy Chair.

(5)       The Chair of the committee has both a deliberative and a casting vote.

(6)       The committee provide an interim report to the House by no later than Thursday, 8 December, 2011 and a final report to the House no later than Tuesday, 7 February, 2012.


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