Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says the government will get legal advice regarding rogue MP Geoff Shaw to stave off any potential legal challenges.
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine says the coalition is getting constitutional advice about rogue independent Geoff Shaw to avoid any potential legal challenge.
“Geoff Shaw has done the wrong thing,” Dr Napthine told reporters.
“He must be made to pay the price.”
Labor leader Daniel Andrews will move to have Mr Shaw found in contempt and expelled when parliament resumes on Tuesday.
But Dr Napthine says the government wants to get proper constitutional advice so any decision by the parliament is dealt with correctly.
“We want to make sure it’s done absolutely correctly so we don’t have a circus running off to the High Court with injunctions.”
Dr Napthine says any decision by the parliament needs to be enforceable.
“We will take appropriate action to deal with Geoff Shaw,” he said.
“We’re getting appropriate constitutional and legal advice to make sure Geoff Shaw is held fully accountable for his actions.”
But it was important not to rush into a situation that could ultimately end up in the High Court by Mr Shaw, and him walking away without paying for his wrongful actions.
“Under my leadership we will deal with Mr Shaw,” Dr Napthine said.
Dr Napthine said Mr Andrews was causing disruption rather than letting the government get on with the job of governing.
He wanted to rush into things, when calm and collected advice was needed, he said.
“Mr Andrews has spent the last two years being an absolute wrecker,” Dr Napthine said.
“His recent comments regarding the constitution shows he is going at this like a bull at a gate.”
The coalition-dominated parliamentary privileges committee found Mr Shaw breached the MP code of conduct by misusing his parliamentary car, but a minority report from its Labor members went further and recommended he be found in contempt of parliament.
The Liberal-turned-independent MP holds the balance of power in the Legislative Assembly.