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Victorian premier blasts lottery inquiry

8 May 2008

ICTORIA, Australia -- As reported by the Australian: "Victorian Premier John Brumby says a parliamentary committee inquiry into gaming licence tenders was nothing more than a smear campaign and its final report is an embarrassment to the Opposition.

"The committee, dominated by non-government MPs, tabled its final report today, delivering an open finding with insufficient evidence to prove allegations of improper conduct by the State Government, Tattersall's or lobbying firm Hawker Britton.

"The 15-month inquiry examined allegations that Tattersall's received secret government advice about the tender through lobbyist and former Labor MP David White after he dined with then premier Steve Bracks.

"...The alleged advice related to floating the company to ensure success in the tender.

"Mr Brumby said Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu should be embarrassed by the final report.

"...They estimated the inquiry cost taxpayers more than $2 million."

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