Operation Sandon special report
An investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct involving councillors and property developers in Melbourne's south-east. This report also examines the effectiveness of Victoria's systems and controls for safeguarding the integrity of the state's planning processes.
Operation Clara was an investigation by the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) into the alleged corrupt conduct of Mr Theo Theophanous in his role on the board of the Victorian Planning Authority (VPA). In January 2020, IBAC commenced Operation Clara to determine if a former Victorian Government Minister misused his public position on the board of the VPA to favour the Australian Education City (AEC) consortium in their East Werribee project proposal, or attempted to improperly influence public officers involved in the East Werribee project.
Podcast: Corruption risks associated with donations and lobbying
IBAC Principal Advisor Aimee Tan speaks with Deputy Commissioner David Wolf about IBAC's Special report on corruption risks associated with donations and lobbying.
Corruption risks associated with donations and lobbying
Donations and lobbying can be used to gain privileged access to decision-makers within a party, especially if it is in government, by elevating a donor's or lobbyist's proﬁle. Candidates and political parties also obtain donations through fundraising activities, requests for in-kind support, direct payments and via associated entities. Together these factors have the potential to compromise a member of parliament or councillor once elected.
IBAC's Operation Clara
IBAC Prevention and Communication Executive Director Linda Timothy speaks to Deputy Commissioner David Wolf about the Operation Clara special report in this podcast. They dive into the key findings, the importance of ensuring lobbying activities are fair and transparent, why declaring conflicts of interest is imperative for members of government boards, and the recommendations from the special report.