The Sunday Herald Sunâ€™s James Campbell has ably reported on some serious internal rumblings in the Victorian Liberal party room over reports that the Liberal Leftâ€™s David Davis planned to raid a parliamentary party cookie jar to cover the $200,000 he lost in the settlement of defamation proceedings brought against him by ALP strategist Stephen Newnham.
Campbell reports that a communications fund funded by a coerced $1400 a year levy imposed on MPs from their after-tax income could be fleeced by the Victorian upper house leader without even a discussion in the party room.
Upper House MP Gordon Rich-Phillips, Ted Baillieu and David Davis have the power to sign off on the expenditure. Liberal sources tell VEXNEWS that Baillieu refuses to deal with the funds, figuring heâ€™s got enough issues over his personal finances and claims they cause conflicts of interest with his public duties.
An MP told the Sunday Herald Sun:
â€If this is coming out of the communications fund there will be extreme â€“ I mean extreme â€“ anger.â€
Extreme anger? That sounds like what Davisâ€™s drivers get in passenger road rage incidents that still have tongues wagging among the ministerial drivers who reckon Davis is as hard-drinking and abusive a passenger as theyâ€™ve had in decades. Notably this is includes a former Labor minister for Aborginal Affairs reputed to have got his driver to drive him to the residence of his aboriginal affairs adviser and when she declined the opportunity to come outside to speak with the drunk lefty, he yelled out so loudly that neighbours heard him calling out â€œCome out, you black c-word.â€ Such stories are the stuff of Spring Street legend.
Weâ€™d like to see patriot Michael Kroger drop that anecdote next time heâ€™s trying to fit up the reasonably moderate Julia Gillard as some kind of extreme leftist because of her involvement in a group Socialist Forum. The truth is that in the strange world of the ALP, this group was an anti-Kim Carr Socialist Left moderate group within the Left, formed by former comms in the 1980s whose pragmatism had been well practised defending hideous Soviet and puppet regimes over decades.
Back to Davis, the Sunday Herald Sun discloses that a party room meeting this week would discuss the proposed fleecing of the â€œcommunications fundâ€ by David Davis for his private legal expenses.
Weâ€™d love to be a fly on that wall.
One of the other outstanding issues is why it is that the Victorian parliamentary leadership have their own bank account with hundreds of thousands of dollars in it.