• Petitioned Premier of Victoria

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Premier of Victoria

Dismiss the MP for Frankston from the Parliamentary Liberal Party

    1. Bob Stensholt
    2. Petition by

      Bob Stensholt

      Glen Iris, Australia

The Ombudsman's report found the MP had been misusing his car and his government fuel card. It is not enough to refer this behaviour to the Liberal controlled Privileges Committee. The MP for Frankston should be disowned by Liberal Party and the matters referred to the Police by the Premier and Attorney General

To:
Premier of Victoria
Dismiss the MP for Frankston from the Parliamentary Liberal Party

The Ombudsman's report found the MP had been misusing his car and his government fuel card. It is not enough to refer this behaviour to the Liberal controlled Privileges Committee. The MP for Frankston should be disowned by Liberal Party and the matters referred to the Police by the Premier and Attorney General

Sincerely,
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Recent signatures

    News

    1. MP Geoff Shaw says car misuse 'old news'

      Bob Stensholt
      Petition Organizer

      Date November 8, 2012 - 1:05PM
      Henrietta Cook
      Embattled Frankston MP Geoff Shaw says he is still a good local member and the misuse of his parliamentary car is "old news".
      Mr Shaw told reporters that they were not speaking for taxpayers when he was questioned today about the misuse of his parliamentary car to help run his hardware business.
      "You guys must be from Frankston ... I don't think you are speaking for taxpayers," he said. "Oh gee, that's pretty old news, isn't it?"
      When asked if he was still a good local member he responded "you bet".
      Mr Shaw will spend this afternoon sitting on a parliamentary committee into Victoria's economic development.
      He abruptly pulled out of the committee's last hearing on October 31, forfeiting his daily payment of $75.
      The misuse of his parliamentary car was referred to the privileges committee just over

      MP Geoff Shaw says car misuse 'old news'

      Embattled Frankston MP Geoff Shaw says he is still a good local member and the misuse of his parliamentary car is "old news". Mr Shaw told reporters that they were not speaking for taxpayers when he was questioned today about the misuse of his parliamentary car to help run his hardware business.

    2. Reached 100 signatures
    3. If integrity means anything to Ted Baillieu, he must censure Geoff Shaw

      Bob Stensholt
      Petition Organizer

      October 18, 2012 Josh Gordon State political editor for The Age.

      ....By most standards, Shaw, who presents himself as a Christian conservative, acted disgracefully. His default position was to rort the system for his own private gain at the expense of taxpayers.

      It is a pity if Baillieu thinks an individual can rip people off and be a ''good local member'' at the same time. Shaw was elected to make laws on behalf of the people of Victoria. Yet through his actions he has demonstrated he is not a fit and proper person to perform this function.

      A good politician should do what is morally right rather than what is politically expedient. If integrity means anything to Baillieu, he not only ''should'' stand Shaw aside from the Liberal Party while investigations take place, he ''must''.

      Inaction over disgraced MP leaves a stain on the Premier

      YOU would think revelations that Geoff Shaw abused his parliamentary entitlements to profit a hardware business run on the side would seriously hinder the Liberal Party's chances of retaining the accident-prone MP's marginal seat at the next election. But the electorate of Frankston appears to be a special case.

    4. Car scandal puts skids on Baillieu - AFR 15 Oct 2012

      Bob Stensholt
      Petition Organizer

      Mathew Dunckley and Lucille Keen - AFR
      They had to be dragged from Ted Baillieu, but in the end the Victorian Premier had to utter four difficult little words: “I support Geoff Shaw.”
      And in that moment late on Thursday afternoon Baillieu again paid the price of tenuous government.
      It is the same toll that Prime Minister Julia Gillard has had to pay repeatedly over the past two years albeit without the same level of sordid specifics.
      Shaw is a backbencher in the Baillieu government which enjoys office courtesy of a one-seat majority.
      In that situation there is no question of cutting errant members loose. Every MP is too important to lose, particularly for a mid-term government that is struggling with lacklustre polling.
      Shaw’s central indiscretion, laid out in detail in an Ombudsman’s report tabled in Parliament on Thursday, is to have allowed employees to use his taxpayer funded car as a delivery vehicle for his hardware business

    5. Reached 50 signatures
    6. Baillieu stands by MP accused of rorting

      Bob Stensholt
      Petition Organizer

      Date October 14, 2012 - 4:15PM Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu is continuing to support embattled MP Geoff Shaw as claims against him are referred to police.

      Ombudsman George Brouwer found the Frankston Liberal MP used, and allowed employees to use, his taxpayer-funded car for his own business and used a parliamentary fuel card to pay for petrol for his private vehicle.

      Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews said he sent a letter to the Victorian police commissioner today seeking an investigation.

      Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/baillieu-stands-by-mp-accused-of-rorting-20121014-27kp3.html#ixzz29KyGaulx

      Baillieu stands by MP accused of rorting

      Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu is continuing to support embattled MP Geoff Shaw as claims against him are referred to police. Ombudsman George Brouwer found the Frankston Liberal MP used, and allowed employees to use, his taxpayer-funded car for his own business and used a parliamentary fuel card to pay for petrol for his private vehicle.

    7. Age Editorial - Mr Premier, you must sack this disgraced MP

      Bob Stensholt
      Petition Organizer

      Date October 15, 2012 Category Opinion
      On the Shaw matter, Baillieu is following Gillard's lead.

      LIBERAL MP Geoff Shaw is Ted Baillieu's Craig Thomson. Just as Prime Minister Julia Gillard defended her MP and his vote for her minority government, the Premier endorses Mr Shaw as ''a good local member''. Good local members do not rip off taxpayers to profit their own businesses. They do not make false logbook entries under their name. They do not lie under oath. That is the view of Mr Shaw's conduct that emerges from the Ombudsman's report tabled last week.

      Ombudsman George Brouwer concludes the Frankston MP used his taxpayer-funded Ford Territory and fuel card to help run his hardware business, which could be considered contempt of Parliament, a breach of privilege or a breach of the parliamentary code of conduct under the Register of Interests Act.

      Mr Premier, you must sack this disgraced MP

      LIBERAL MP Geoff Shaw is Ted Baillieu's Craig Thomson. Just as Prime Minister Julia Gillard defended her MP and his vote for her minority government, the Premier endorses Mr Shaw as ''a good local member''. Good local members do not rip off taxpayers to profit their own businesses.

    8. Reached 25 signatures
    9. Labor demands criminal investigation into Liberal MP Geoff Shaw

      Bob Stensholt
      Petition Organizer

      Labor demands criminal investigation into Liberal MP Geoff Shaw

      Grant McArthur and Mitchell Toy
      Sunday Herald Sun
      October 14, 201212:00AM

      VICTORIA Police will today be handed a formal request to investigate Liberal MP Geoff Shaw by the Opposition.

      Labor is demanding a criminal investigation into the Frankston MP, believing the catalogue of commercial use of his parliamentary car spelled out by the Ombudsman last week may amount to stealing.

    10. Reached 5 signatures
    11. Tax probe call over MP

      Bob Stensholt
      Petition Organizer

      The Sunday Age
      Date October 14, 2012 Farrah Tomazin
      The Sunday Age's state political editor.
      FEDERAL tax authorities could be called in to investigate embattled state government MP Geoff Shaw after he was caught using his parliamentary vehicle to run his private business.

      As some Liberals yesterday privately expressed frustration at Mr Shaw's actions, Labor is considering referring the matter to the Australian Taxation Office, to assess whether the Frankston MP has breached tax laws.

      The move comes after a damning Ombudsman's report found Mr Shaw not only used his taxpayer-funded car and fuel card to run his hardware business, but he was also aware of rules stating that parliamentary vehicles should not be used for commercial purposes.

    12. Reached 5 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Doug McCabe RICHMOND, AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      Because we elect politicians to do the right things for our community. When one abuses their position, they should immediately be stood down without pay, and of found guilty, be dismissed and lose all entitlements.

      If on the other hand, they are found to be innocent, they should be immediately reinstated with full entitlements and no loss of income.

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    • Robert Ashman AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This bloke is a Crook, he must be Sacked Immediately.

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    • Jessie McCallum YARRAWONGA, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Family violence is a menance and anyone that is supporting family violence or taking part in it should not be a leader of our state.

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    • Patrick McCormick MELTON, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      just like the rest of the public service, our elected representatives need not abuse privileges for personal financial gain, nor bring disrepute to your employer (the state of Victoria). The member for Frankston consistently breaks these principles, so should be ousted

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    • Jillian Huon AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      He broke the rulesant once butrepeatedly

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