The electoral commission has referred its investigation into Victorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and his former chief of staff to the state’s anti-corruption watchdog.
The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) said it referred Mr Guy and Mitch Catlin to the Independent Broad-based Anti-Corruption Commission (IBAC) over a potential breach of funding and disclosure laws.
Mr Catlin resigned as Mr Guy’s chief of staff in August after reports he asked a Liberal donor to pay more than $100,000 to his private marketing business. Mr Guy has previously said no contract was signed and no deal was put in place.
Electoral commissioner Warwick Gately said the VEC had exhausted its own avenues to investigate the case after the parties failed to fully cooperate “despite public statements to the contrary”.
“We became aware of suggestions that Mr Catlin was alleged to have tried to circumvent donation disclosure laws,” he said in a statement.
“It’s my responsibility to ensure compliance with all electoral laws and ensure all participants are held to the same standard.”
“I’ll comply and make sure that we work with them at every stage, and every step,” he said in August.
On Tuesday, a Liberal Party campaign spokesperson told The Age newspaper the party had “fully co-operated with the VEC” and said all documentation had been provided.
Integrity has been a key focus of the state election campaign ahead of the vote on November 26, with Labor also in the spotlight.
More to come.