Landry should resign: Livermore
THE Department of Finance and Deregulation is tight-lipped about whether it is investigating an allegation of impropriety by an office worker for the Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd.
Member for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore’s office has called for Michelle Landry to resign from her taxpayer-funded role with Mr O’Dowd’s office after being accused of breaching parliamentary regulations.
Ms Livermore’s office says Ms Landry’s comments, reported in The Bulletin, that she wants to stand against Ms Livermore again and would visit the electorate’s outlying towns as the carbon tax war heats up, was a breach.
While Mr O’Dowd’s office says it has been given the ‘all clear’ by Parliamentary Services in Canberra, a spokesman for Ms Livermore said they would wait to see what happened in “the fullness of time”.
The Bulletin has been told by government officers such a complaint would be investigated by the Department of Finance and Deregulation.
In a statement responding to Bulletin questions, the department said it was not “appropriate to comment on any particular matter that may or may not be under consideration by this department at any given time”.
A spokeswoman said to comment could compromise the conduct and outcome of any inquiry and the rights of individuals.
According to protocol, “when an allegation is raised or possible use outside entitlement becomes known, the Department of Finance and Deregulation undertakes a preliminary assessment to ascertain whether the allegations are credible.
“If the matter is minor the department may then recommend that the Special Minister of State write to the Senator or Member and/or the staff member concerned seeking his or her comments on the matter.
“More serious matters may be referred to the Australian Federal Police.”