Anthony Byrne returns for second day of anti-corruption hearings

Anthony Byrne returns for second day of anti-corruption hearings

Lawyers for fallen Labor power broker Adem Somyurek will cross-examine federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne on the second day of public anti-corruption commission hearings investigating the misuse of taxpayer-funded staff and grants.

Mr Byrne gave stunning evidence on the first day of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission hearings, admitting his own branch-stacking and claiming Victorian government minister Luke Donnellan paid for the membership fees of other people. Mr Donnellan resigned from the ministry hours later.

IBAC is investigating allegations of what counsel assisting the commission, Chris Carr, SC, on Monday described as “premeditated systemic rorting of taxpayer resources”.

The investigation centres on Mr Somyurek. Mr Byrne accused him of taking over the party, saying Mr Somyurek’s “sole objective was power and power alone”. The federal MP described the Labor Party as “completely out of control” as Mr Somyurek grew his internal powerbase.

Ellen Schreiber, a former electorate officer and ministerial office executive assistant, will also give evidence on Tuesday.

The hearing begins at 10.30am.

More to come.

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