Last week it was announced that Labour MP for the Drummoyne electorate, Angela D’Amore, was stripped of her parliamentary responsibilities and will be unable to stand for Labour in the March election.
Ms D’Amore’s electorate includes suburbs in Sydney’s inner west such as Breakfast Point, Cabarita, Concord and many other metropolitan residential suburbs in
the surrounding area.
On Wednesday last week, The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) found that D’Amore falsely claimed sitting day relief forms, stating that the MP “engaged in corrupt conduct”.
Previously, the sitting day relief expense meant that MPs could employ relief workers at their offices during sitting days in Parliament as their regular staffs attend Parliament House also on these days.
The ICAC found evidence that Ms D’Amore rorted $4500 worth of payments for two employees who attended Parliament when they should have been in her electorate office as sitting day relief workers.
NSW Labour leader, Kristina Keneally was quoted in the Daily Telegraph last week saying she was, “ very disappointed” and “angry” at the findings, stating “She will not be our candidate at the upcoming election,” she said, (The Daily Telegraph, 8/12/10).
However, Labours chair of the parliamentary ICAC committee Richard Amery supported Ms D’Amore questioning why the ICAC spent $500,000 on an investigation that found $4500 was falsely allocated.
Although D’Amore has confirmed she will not run for Labour in the seat of Drummoyne, it is understood she will look at legal action to appeal the ICAC verdict.
What are your thoughts on this case? Do you think the result was justified? Or is this a simple case of another NSW MP to leave a sinking ship?