Yes Minister Pearson, Victorians have a right to know

Andrews Labor Government Minister Danny Pearson has today told the media that “Victorians have a right to know” when it comes to questions of integrity in politics.


Minister Pearson is absolutely right – Victorians have a right to know things Daniel Andrews and his government have actually done:


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews and his Labor MPs refused to co-operate with Victoria Police over the Red Shirts rorts investigation despite saying “everybody should co-operate and everybody will” in July 2018.


Victorians have a right to know who made the decision to hire private security guards for hotel quarantine in Victoria, that led to 801 Victorian deaths and the World’s Longest Lockdown.


Victorians have a right to know how many Victorians are waiting in pain on vital surgery waiting lists.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews said in his follow up statutory declaration to the Coate Inquiry that “I have no knowledge of what was discussed between Ms Ratcliff and Minister Neville” despite his own phone records indicating he spoke with both immediately after the conclusion of National Cabinet.


Victorians have a right to know of Daniel Andrews’ secret dealings with United Firefighter Union boss Peter Marshall over alleged firefighter pay deals and political support for the Victoria Labor Party.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews dismantled the CFA to satisfy union demands.


Victorians have a right to know whether Daniel Andrews has been questioned, again, by the anti-corruption commission in relation to secret dealings with property developer John Woodman.


Victorians have a right to know what Daniel Andrews promised John Woodman for his sponsorship of the Premier’s Golf Day.


Victorians have a right to know why the Premier’s office continues to delay and refuse to produce the correspondence between the Premier and Mr Woodman, as ordered by the Parliament, when the Premier had previously said no such documents exist.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews invited Mr Woodman to his post-election celebrations party.


Victorians have a right to know why John Woodman’s consultant Megan Schultz told the corruption commission “He [Daniel Andrews] gave me a kiss on the cheek and he said ‘Say hi to John, Megan, say hi to John’ and that Treasurer Tim Pallas said “Megan we work together, we work together to achieve outcomes”.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews continues to lie about the $2 billion that has been cut from this year’s health budget.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews approved an unsolicited bid by Transurban to build the West Gate Tunnel project whilst Treasurer Tim Pallas was a direct shareholder in the company.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews “respects” John Lenders – the mastermind of an almost $400,000 theft and misuse of taxpayers money as part of the Red Shirts rorts.


Victorians have a right to know why John Lenders’ Statutory Declaration to the Victorian Ombudsman details that Daniel Andrews had a red shirt campaigner in his Mulgrave electorate.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews is refusing to repay more than $1.3 million misappropriated from taxpayers as confirmed by Operation Watts, for party political gain.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews’ private office is controlling the media appearances of Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.


Victorians have a right to know what factional deals Daniel Andrews agreed to appoint Planning Minister Lizzie Blandthorn given her brother, John-Paul Blandthorn, is a director of major Labor-linked lobbying firm Hawker Britton.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews continues to accept political donations from the CFMEU, collecting more than $3 million.


Victorians have a right to know if Daniel Andrews instructed Trades Hall to donate to the Transport Matters Party prior to the pandemic legislation vote.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews stood by staff who admitted to destroying a journalist’s Dictaphone that was stolen from the ALP State Conference.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews bullied a Liberal MP about being overweight, and has been accused of slurring another female MP suffering from bowel cancer.


Victorians have a right to know where the 4000 ICU beds are that Daniel Andrews announced in 2020, denied he announced in 2021, that has meant our most vulnerable are waiting in the rain outside an ED because there aren't enough beds and are often being sent home.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews approved a $10 million grant to Trades Hall, some of the largest financial supporters of the Victorian Labor Party.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews has endorsed more than 90 of his former Ministerial staff being parachuted into plum public service roles.


Victorians have a right to know why at least 21 people have died waiting for an ambulance.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews broke his promise of an injecting room in metropolitan Melbourne in a deal to secure preferences at the Northcote by-election.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews broke Victorian law by approving $1.7 million in taxpayer funded political adverts attacking the Federal Government.


Victorians have a right to know why despite the warnings from the corruption commission and the Ombudsman, Daniel Andrews confirmed he would break the law again.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews breached Victorian Charter of Human Rights with the 5-day hard lockdown of nine public housing towers in Melbourne in July 2020 which was found by the Victorian Ombudsman to be not based on direct health advice.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews restricted Victorians from their home state which the Victorian Ombudsman’s branded “downright unjust, even inhumane”.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews Ministerial staff budget has increased 100% since 2015-16.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews handpicked Speaker and Deputy Speaker rorted taxpayer funds misusing Parliamentary entitlements.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews handpicked Deputy President’s office rorted taxpayer funds misusing Parliamentary entitlements to stack Labor Party branches.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews has spent nearly $1 million in taxpayer funds to buy friends on Facebook.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews spent taxpayer funds to take the Victorian Ombudsman to the High Court to stop himself being investigated for Red Shirts


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews backed a Minister who was caught chauffeuring his pet dogs around in his Ministerial car.


Victorians have a right to know why they can’t expect an operator on the other end of a 000 call.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews backed a Minister who kept a $2000 bike given to him by a major events company.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews blocked an investigation into his breaches of the Code of Conduct for bullying three senior public servants.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews failed to launch investigations into accusations of bullying and intimidation of senior female Labor MP’s Kaushaliya Vaghela and Jane Garrett.


Victorians have a right to know why lockdown measures like playgrounds and curfews were made when there was no health advice to support them.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews refused to release the health advice that was behind locking us down, later revealed this was based on ‘big brother’ political focus group polling that breached privacy and monitored public sentiment. It also cost the taxpayer over $4.5 million.


Victorians have a right to know why corruption commissioner Robert Redlich was gagged at a parliamentary committee, shut down by the Government when he mentioned Daniel Andrews’ name.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews continued to back Nancy Yang as a Labor Party staffer.


Victorians have a right to know why Daniel Andrews cut the budget to the corruption commission, then lied to a Parliamentary committee about it.

Yes Minister Pearson, Victorians have a right to know a lot more.


Louise Staley MP

Shadow Minister for Government Scrutiny