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11 Oct, 13 tweets, 6 min read
Somyurek thread. Here's some grabs from the presser where Dan announced he had sacked him for branch stacking, then took questions. It's one of the most brutal pressers he's ever had to face, and some interesting questions got asked.
#OpWatts #IBACDan
Here Dan gets asked about whether Scott and Khairouz will be stood aside pending investigations, but apparently no, different rules for them.
Sumeyya really picks up her stride here, and pushes Dan to justify why Kairouz in particular should keep her job, given her commentary trashing her own portfolio. But Dan holds out and says he's been personally reassured by her that her behaviour was above board.

Scorn ensues 😂
The #TrouserTerrier refuses to let go, and gives Dan a grilling about "gutting IBAC" but Dan's not having it.
Now it gets heavy, they are pushing to get Dan to justify why Kairouz and Scott should remain in place for now, and Dan is far from convincing. And there's a "Have you ever branch stacked, Premier" question thrown in just for LOLs.
And here's the question I've been looking for. Sumeyya puts the Premier right on the spot, Dan refuses to be drawn into "answering a hypothetical" and then 2 days later, Kairouz brings the hypothetical to life.

Dan still refuses to agree his ministers should stand aside, and carries on about how that's asking him to do the investigation himself, but the journo's aren't letting go of this one. Issues of probity and confidence are raised, and ignored by Dan.
LOL, "Will the ministers cooperate with IBAC and Victoria Police"
Dan: Of course 🙃
"Well they didn't with the #RedShirts enquiry!"
Dan - *shirtiness intensifies*
Now the issue that was raised by the IBAC commissioner raises it's head: Are there bigger issues within the Labor party with a disrespect for taxpayer funds?
Dan: No, of course not 🙃
Dan gets asked how much he knew, decides to play dumb. Journos are highly sceptical of this claim.
They keep pushing him on how much he knew, and he keeps playing dumb......
Now questions turn to whether Dan will accept his vote or not as an independent, and shirtiness intensifies again 😂
I'll leave it there because it starts to get a bit repetitive, but the full press conference is here if you want to watch it.

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12 Oct
I'll start the #OpWatts thread here, although still waiting for the stream to start. I'll be using abbreviations today to make things easier and cram more in.
W - Witness
CR - Commissioner Redlich
CA - Council Assisting
SC - Somyurek's Council

And with that, stream's up!
Today's witness (W) is Adam Sullivan, a former staffer of Adem Somyurek. CR is now running through the formalities of the day.
Witness to be asked about employment, duties, party political work, factional activity, processes/manipulations, ALP membership
(cont) falsification of documents, ballot papers, public funds used for party activities.
Very much the same stuff Byrne was questioned about, and quite a thorough list.
Witness now being sworn/affirmed, then we're away!
Read 154 tweets
12 Oct
OK and we're back live with #OpWatts at IBAC. And interestingly, it's a (Continued) cross examination of Byrne by Somyurek's council.

And we're back into the text messages, with a perjury warning to spice things up.

Here we go......
We're getting into text messages regarding the evidence given yesterday about Somyurek's assistance/non interference in the Dandy council mayoral race.

"The dipstick Jen" 😂😂😂😂

"To remind him who runs the show" 😬

Council suggesting Byrne is the chief, not Somyurek
"Where we cut Michaelson's throat" - spicy texts.
Council pushing hard that Byrne is the master, Somyurek the apprentice.

"Was Michaelson a potential threat to you?" - clever question to push that angle, but Byrne not delivering the ideal response.
Read 27 tweets
11 Oct
Questions to Byrne are starting now, going over his history with the ALP, and the positions he's held.

I'll thread these now that the examination proper is starting
Recounting the timeline of events following the revelations from the Age and 60 Minutes, including the handing over of party admin to the federal branch of the party. Byrne confirming comments he made at the time that he hoped there would finally be a clean up
"I thought the party was completely out of control"
"Referring to branch stacking, coercion of staff, referring to a party basically being taken over by one person"
Council - "Which person"
Byrne - "Adam Somyurek"
Read 98 tweets

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