I have today met with Mr Don Nardella MP and requested that he pay back the money he received for claiming the second residence allowance.
Mr Nardella indicated he would not repay the money, so I asked for his resignation from the Victorian Parliamentary Labor Party and he provided it.
It is self-evident that MPs representing metropolitan electorates should not claim this allowance.
The Audit Committee of the Parliament is examining the expenses claimed by the former Speaker and Deputy Speaker.
The Special Minister of State is also conducting a full review of the entitlements system to ensure that what has happened does not happen again.
Mr Nardella has informed me that he intends to sit on the cross bench and serve out his term as the Member for Melton.
Reviewed 16 September 2020