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The Victorian government is set to spend nearly $ 88 million to repair some of the damage caused by the police using attorney Nicola Gobbo as a secret informant. Attorney General Jaclyn Symes on Friday released a plan to implement the 54 recommendations made by Attorney X’s Royal Commission regarding the government, as well as a $ 87.9 million funding package. The plan also includes a framework agreed by the parties responsible for implementing the remaining 57 recommendations. Commissioner Margaret McMurdo oversaw the nearly two-year investigation sparked by the revelation that Ms. Gobbo, a prominent gangland attorney, was a registered informant for the Victoria Police Department, providing advice on her clients. Ms. McMurdo recommended that the government appoint a special investigator to see if there was enough evidence to indict Ms. Gobbo and Victoria’s police officers on the matter. She also recommended independent external oversight of the Victoria Police Department using human sources, a clear legal framework for the registration and use of whistleblowers, and assurances of adequate funding for the corruption watchdog IBAC. Ms. Symes said the government had already implemented 10 recommendations with three months’ notice. This includes the appointment of former New Zealand judge Sir David Carruthers, who will independently oversee the introduction of recommendations. The attorney general said the government has begun identifying suitable candidates for the special investigator role and will make the appointment in mid-2021. The legislation in support of the introduced role will also be presented to parliament in the second half of the year. Work is also underway to develop legislation to reform the disclosure and human resource management framework. “The Commission has made serious and significant findings – to get to the bottom of matters affecting our criminal justice system. We will respond to each and every one of them,” Ms Symes said in a statement. “We have already made significant progress, but there is still a long way to go. Our response and implementation plan gives us a clear path to achieving lasting systemic and cultural change.” Ms. Symes will report annually to the Victorian Parliament on the implementation of the recommendations through to completion. Australian Associated Press

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The Victorian government is set to spend nearly $ 88 million to repair some of the damage caused by the police using attorney Nicola Gobbo as a secret informant.

Attorney General Jaclyn Symes on Friday released a plan to implement the 54 recommendations made by Attorney X’s Royal Commission regarding the government, as well as a $ 87.9 million funding package.

The plan also includes a framework agreed by the parties responsible for implementing the remaining 57 recommendations.

Commissioner Margaret McMurdo oversaw the nearly two-year investigation sparked by the revelation that Ms. Gobbo, a prominent gangland attorney, was a registered informant for the Victoria Police Department, providing advice on her clients.

Ms. McMurdo recommended that the government appoint a special investigator to see if there was enough evidence to indict Ms. Gobbo and Victoria’s police officers on the matter.

She also recommended independent external oversight of the Victoria Police Department using human sources, a clear legal framework for the registration and use of whistleblowers, and assurances of adequate funding for the corruption watchdog IBAC.

Ms. Symes said the government had already implemented 10 recommendations with three months’ notice.

This includes the appointment of former New Zealand judge Sir David Carruthers, who will independently oversee the introduction of recommendations.

The attorney general said the government has begun identifying suitable candidates for the special investigator role and will make the appointment in mid-2021.

Legislation in support of the introduced role will also be presented to parliament in the second half of the year.

Work is also underway to develop legislation to reform the disclosure and human resource management framework.

“The Commission has made serious and important findings – to get to the bottom of the issues that affect our criminal justice system. We will respond to each and every one of them,” Ms Symes said in a statement.

“We have already made significant progress, but there is still a long way to go. Our response and implementation plan gives us a clear path to achieve lasting systemic and cultural change.”

Ms. Symes will report annually to the Victorian Parliament on the implementation of the recommendations through to completion.

Australian Associated Press