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MP Geoff Shaw charged: Vic Gov at risk?

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by titus, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Frankston MP Geoff Shaw has been charged with misconduct in public office and obtaining financial advantage by deception following a police investigation into allegations he misused his parliamentary vehicle to run his hardware business.
    After an investigation lasting almost a year, Victoria Police have released a statement revealing a 45-year-old Frankston MP is facing 23 charges of obtaining financial advantage by deception and one count of misconduct in public office.
    It says the man has been summonsed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on October 8.
    ‘‘As the matter is now before the court, Victoria Police will not be providing further comment.’’
    The explosive development has the potential to trigger a byelection in the highly marginal seat of Frankston which could hypothetically cost the Napthine government power.
    Under the rules of parliament an MP convicted of an offence carrying a minimum five-year jail term is no longer able to hold their seat.
    Under section 82 of the Crime Act, obtaining financial advantage by deception carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.
    The Napthine Government, which controls 44 seats in the 88 member house, relies on Mr Shaw’s support to govern.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/frankston-mp-geoff-shaw-charged-with-misconduct-20130917-2twji.html#ixzz2f7jaE1tW

    This also leads me to question whether Vicpol can or should be trusted to not exploit the incidental power to changes governments that has now fallen into it's lap... :unsure: