Andrews stands by his statements on dealings with developer

Andrews stands by his statements on dealings with developer

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has batted away claims he discussed specific property projects with an allegedly corrupt developer.

Mr Andrews' previous assurances that he did not speak to developer John Woodman about his projects were on Wednesday contradicted by the developer’s lobbyist in evidence to the state’s anti-corruption commission.



On his third day of questioning before the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, influential Labor lobbyist Phil Staindl confirmed multiple meetings over many years between Mr Andrews and his client, Mr Woodman.

Asked about the testimony on Thursday, Mr Andrews said he would not provide commentary on an ongoing inquiry but that he stood by his previous statements.

"There's an ongoing process and I'm not going to try and answer those questions for IBAC," he said.

"It's a very important process and it should be allowed to run its course and I'm just not going to be a commentator on that but of course I stand by the answers I've given on these matters and similar matters previously."

"Now, what Victorians deserve and what Victorians will get is the IBAC process running its course, without me trampling all over it. It needs to run its course, it's an important process, not just this matter, any matter that comes before IBAC, it's very important that it's done properly."

Mr Andrews said once the process was completed then it would be appropriate to comment.

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