Health Minister David Davis in trouble


This better not be true, please, can we take any more, bloody snouts in the trough will be taken to a new level!

Health Minister David Davis faces accusations 500 Club paid $130,000 legal bills

Health Minister David Davis faces accusations 500 Club paid $130,000 legal bills


THE future of Health Minister David Davis is under a cloud after allegations the fundraising arm of the Liberal Party is paying his legal bills.

Explosive claims in parliament today that secret funds were funnelled to Premier Ted Baillieu‘s chief of staff Michael Kapel to cover the bills sent MPs into a tailspin.

Parliament descended into uproar with Question Time suspended for 20 minutes and a motion of dissent brought against Speaker Ken Smith after he repeatedly blocked the Opposition‘s questions on the issue.

The $129,658.95 legal bill from Piper Alderman seen by the Herald Sun was sent on April 6 to the Liberal 500 Club – an exclusive group of party heavyweights.

The invoice which is more than 60 days overdue names Mr Kapel as the person of contact.

The bill originated after a bitter legal battle Mr Davis took against former Labor Party state secretary Stephen Newnham.

When asked in parliament if any members had gained a personal benefit from party funds Mr Davis said he did not know because he did not administer the 500 Club.

When asked he had personally benefited by receiving party funds he replied: “I don’t believe I have.”

But when challenged by Opposition spokesman for scrutiny of government Martin Pakula that his legal bills had been paid for by secret party payments he said: “I am confident that nothing has been donated by the 500 Club to me that would compromise my role as a Minister.”

Last year, Mr Davis was forced to make an unreserved apology to Mr Newnham as part of a confidential settlement of defamation case brought by the former ALP state secretary.

The libel action stemmed from a 2009 press release in which Mr Davis accused Mr Newnham of acting corruptly in his dealings with Brimbank Council.

The 500 Club charges an annual fee of $1380 for membership and promotes that it gives members regular access to politicians.

Earlier today, the Treasurer Kim Wells defended an appearance at an exclusive Liberal Party breakfast by the 500 Club claiming it was a break-even event, not a fundraiser.

Premier Ted Baillieu told ministers in February they should not attend fundraisers until a ministerial code of conduct was released.

The Opposition said Mr Wells’ appearance this morning at the 500 Club’s post-budget breakfast breached that pledge.

The fact is there are people inside who have paid a large membership fee to be able to attend this, well over $1000, and there are others that are paying to attend the breakfast. It’s clearly a fundraiser,” Opposition spokesman on scrutiny of government Martin Pakula said.

7 thoughts on “Health Minister David Davis in trouble

  1. Up until last year I was a Labor voter all my life. Who really gives a shit about what Martin Pukula says. For goodness sake this is the guy that wanted to spend millions lighting the Westgate Bridge to compete with Sydney Harbour Bride, aside from many other ludicrous money wasting suggestions – he is a pollytician. Mind you I have no problem with spending money on beautifaction of our city but Martin took it to new heights – Go figure! What I find really interesting in parliment right now is Labour operatives accusations – HELLO hypocrytes. Having vented this I hope that David Davis is relatively clean as he comes across as a farily decent sort of politician

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    • Carmel, You say David Davis comes across as a fairly decent sort of politician, I have hardly heard of him until now but maybe you have more insight to him than I do. I woudn’t have thought that he has shown out enough to be making any decision that he is fairly decent. As for what Martin Pukula says, he is carrying out his duty of the person assigned to scutiny of Government and it has nothing to do with what he may have done, that you disagree with, when in Government. If David Davis has broken the rules then he should suffer the same fate as they would expect if they were in opposition.

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  2. Well Mr Davis, if there were Victorian jails that allowed males and females to share cells, you and I could share a cell. I am a registered nurse and your actions as the Health Minister for Victoria may result in myself and other registered nurses going to jail. By sharing a cell we could chat about the current Respect Our Work nurses campaign.

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  3. Here Here Tamara I am with you on that one,lets hope he never becomes ill though i’d really hate for him to have to be nursed by us =]

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  4. Sound like a new swine flu strain and maybe another vaccine could be quickly developed to stop the spread of this new fast growing disease before it gets into the mainstream population where it could mutate again.

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  5. Ah here we go again…Davis and his double standards….let’s see Ted get you out of this one…I know why don’t you ask a Nurse how it feels to have your integrity questioned!!!

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  6. Hey, Carmel, what’s a “hypocryte”?

    David Davis, you are a hypocrite of the highest order. The public are watching you.

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