Tom Koutsantonis MP weighs in on Dunstan by-election

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The fierce battle for the state’s most marginal seat has taken a new turn as legal advice offered to Labor raises concerns about the Liberal candidate’s assertions about connections to a failed family firm.

According to Adelaide Now, Dr Finizio, a lawyer, has been embroiled in controversy over applying for a Labor job and “airbrushing” involvement in a family business before it collapsed two years after she left.

State government ministers criticised comments she was a “director on paper” and had “no involvement in” the firm that would owe more than $22m.

Dr Anna Finizio with Liberal frontbencher John Gardner. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Roy VanDerVegt
Dr Anna Finizio with Liberal frontbencher John Gardner. Photo: NCA NewsWire / Roy VanDerVegt.
Labor's candidate for the Dunstan by-election Cressida O'Hanlon with Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis. Picture: Facebook
Labor’s candidate for the Dunstan by-election Cressida O’Hanlon with Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis. Photo: Facebook.

Ahead of Saturday’s Dunstan by-election, Labor issued new legal advice from one of the country’s leading lawyers, who decided that there was “no room for a ‘sleeping’ director.”

Labor’s manager of government business, Transport Minister Tom Koutsantonis said the “explosive” legal advice raised new questions.

“This legal opinion is a damning repudiation of (Dr) Finizio’s claim she was a director ‘on paper’ of a company, which subsequently collapsed,” Koutsantonis said.

In a letter to Mr Koutsantonis, who complained to the corporate watchdog, an ASIC spokeswoman stated that the misconduct team was reviewing his concerns and would advise whether a formal inquiry would be opened.

Source: Adelaide Now

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