Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy’s chief of staff has resigned, after asking a Liberal Party donor to donate $100,000 to his private marketing firm.
- Mitch Catlin reportedly offered a deal that would have seen a donor pay more than $8,000 a month to his private company
- Matthew Guy says there are no similar deals in place within the Victoria Liberals
- The state government slammed Mr Guy and released a list of questions directed at him
The Age reported that Mitch Catlin asked Mr. Guy to forward a contract proposal to a donor that allegedly saw the donor pay more than $8,000 a month to Mr. Catlin’s private marketing company, Catchy Media Marketing and Management.
Mr Guy said while “there was nothing signed” and he had not handed over the draft contract, he had accepted Mr Catlin’s resignation this morning.
“I say very, very clearly that I value integrity in government and also in opposition,” he said.
“To that end, my chief of staff Mitch Catlin offered me his resignation this morning.”
The Liberal leader has pledged to establish a code of conduct for opposition staff.
“I accept that as an issue that needs to be addressed, I will address it and ensure there is a code of conduct for opposition staff as there is, and should be. , for government personnel,” he said.
Mr Guy said there were no agreements in place within the party that resembled the contract offered by Mr Catlin.
“We will ensure that any issues, even the perception of integrity, are taken seriously. We are acting on a perception – it hasn’t even been put in place,” he said.
MEPs call for more transparency
Labor Minister Danny Pearson said Mr Guy had to ‘confess’ and reveal his level of involvement.
“Matthew Guy is running as the alternative prime minister,” he said.
“He may be prime minister by Christmas, and that helps his credibility.”
The state government released a list of 14 questions for Mr Guy, asking why the documents were not released and how the proposed contract would have benefited the donor.
Reason Party MP Fiona Patten said greater integrity was needed in the state’s political system and renewed her calls for the urgent introduction of a parliamentary ethics committee.
“We know the system needs greater transparency and greater integrity,” she said.
“What the big parties do affects us all.”
Speaking to the media this morning, Shadow Policing Minister Brad Battin denied any knowledge of the proposed deal and took aim at recent government integrity issues.
“We need to make sure integrity is the highest priority here in this state,” Battin said.
“That includes in parliament, that includes in your party and that includes trust across the sector.”