Australia: Lobbyists won huge success fee when controversial plans approved

Lobbyists linked to the Labor and Liberal parties, and working for allegedly corrupt property developer John Woodman, shared in a $1 million success fee for their role in the controversial rezoning of farmland on Melbourne’s city fringe.

Lobbyist, lifetime Labor Party member and party fundraiser Phil Staindl was the first witness to face anti-corruption hearings into a land scandal in the City of Casey, which recommenced on Monday after a long break.

The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission is investigating manipulation of the Victorian planning system, including alleged bribes paid by Mr Woodman to Casey councillors and donations to Victorian government members of Parliament.

The Casey saga is the state’s biggest planning corruption scandal in decades and has already led to the sacking of the council and may lead to criminal charges against key figures.

The original full article can be found at brisbanetimes.com.au

(Photo: JOE ARMAO)

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