Madden censured by Victorian Upper house

THE UPPER House of the Victorian Parliament yesterday passed a no-confidence motion against the Minister for Planning, Justin Madden. The no-confidence motion was a result of the accidentally released media strategy by Mr Madden's media adviser, which proposed a sham consultation process for the Windsor Hotel redevelopment. The motion was passed 19 votes for, 18 against.

It is the second time Mr Madden has been censured by Parliament and reportedly the first time in 100 years that a Victorian minister has been received two no-confidence motions by the Parliament. Mr Madden was censured last year for his involvement in the Brimbank Council saga.

Mr Madden has denied any involvement in the production of the document, calling it a "brainstorming document" made entirely by his media adviser.

Opposition MP David Davis told the Upper House that Mr Madden had damaged public confidence in the planning system. "He has allowed things to occur in his office which are unacceptable," he said.

A parliamentary inquiry into the Minister's handling of the Windsor Hotel project is due to commence today.

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