Daniel Andrews has claimed politicians, including himself, should not have to resign if they are targeted by a corruption inquiry.
The Victorian premier was put on the spot during a press conference on Tuesday with reporters firing off several questions about the IBAC hearing.
Senior Andrews Government minister Luke Donnellan fell on his sword on Monday after admitting to breaking party rules by playing dirty tricks with local branches.
The ongoing IBAC inquiry is probing the actions of numerous Victorian Labor politicians including Mr Andrews.
But despite former NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigning while under investigation from her state’s corruption watchdog, no others in Victoria have followed her lead.
Mr Andrews has repeatedly shut down suggestions he too should resign – or anyone else under investigation or mentioned in the probe.
‘This notion that if you are in any way, you know, in the same postcode as IBAC you would have to resign,’ he said on Tuesday.
‘I made it very clear last week, that that is not in that kind of binary sense, the way that that forum works.
‘They are having hearings, they can’t do it all in one day, so there’s going to be a process, there’ll be evidence led, there’ll be things said and there will be findings made.
‘We will respond to those findings when they are findings, not evidence that has been made.’
While being grilled by reporters, the Victorian premier said he expected that all his colleagues ‘behave appropriately at all times’.
‘I follow the party’s rules and I behave appropriately,’ he said.
The Victorian Premier was put under the spotlight during a press conference on Tuesday with reporters firing off several questions about the current IBAC hearing
Victorian Labor minister Luke Donnellan has resigned from his position after day one of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission public inquiry
He was also asked whether he thought more ministers would step down following the resignation of Mr Donnellan over allegations he had paid for other people’s party memberships.
‘Let’s see what comes out of IBAC, I’m not here to foretell what they will do, to foreshadow it or to involve myself,’ Mr Andrews responded.
Mr Donnellan announced his resignation from Cabinet on Monday and will move to the backbench in disgrace after he was thrown under the bus by Federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne, who has admitted to rampant and repeated ‘branch stacking’.
Mr Andrews stressed that during his lengthy career in parliament, he had ‘no time’ to do anything else than his duties.
‘If you go and ask Cath and the kids, they’ll tell you I had no time to do much else other than my parliamentary and ministerial duties,’ he said.
‘I’ve got a job to do. I dedicate myself to that job every waking hour so the notion that I’d have time (is) frankly…’.
The Premier was tight-lipped when questioned on Mr Donnellan’s resignation.
‘We shouldn’t be speculating about what may or may not be led, we shouldn’t be speculating on people’s responses to that,’ he said.
He also admitted there was a ‘cultural problem’ within his party but had taken ‘unprecedented action’ to solve it.
‘Significant steps were taken. We have made changes, but we may need to go further,’ he said.