Labor must hand over secret branch stacking documents

The Labor Party is blocking access to secret branch stacking documents requested by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission.


Counsel assisting IBAC, Chris Carr SC, said lawyers for IBAC had requested documents from the ALP, including a statement addressing various issues, but had been rebuffed.


‘‘Unfortunately, so far, solicitors for the Victorian branch of the ALP have declined the request to provide that assistance,’’ Mr Carr said.


‘‘The issue will be further pursued by solicitors on behalf of IBAC in coming days and it is to be hoped the Victorian branch of the ALP will co-operate by providing such information voluntarily. However, if that voluntary process is not productive, it will be necessary for such evidence to be obtained through compulsory processes.’’


Labor must comply with IBAC’s legitimate inquiries and immediately produce all requested documents, instead of dragging the chain through its go-slow approach.


It begs the question, what does Labor have to hide? How many crooked MPs is it trying to shield? Is this why Labor won’t hand over the embarrassing documents?


No more excuses. It’s time Labor delivered the documents to IBAC.


David Davis MP

Shadow Treasurer