Adem Somyurek is the Small Business Minister in Victoria and was stood down on Saturday following complaints of bullying made by his Chief of Staff.
Business has urged Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to resolve uncertainty over small business swiftly after minister Adem Somyurek stood aside pending a bullying investigation. Mr Andrews’ decision to sin-bin Mr Somyurek comes as the acci Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry dent prone minister was due to host a crucial tour of Victoria’s winemaking regions by Asian and Middle Eastern buyers.If the allegations are proven, Mr Andrews would have to reshuffle his cabinet just as ministers are getting their feet under the desk, amid complaints Labor is doing more to handicap the state’s sluggish economy than to kick-start growth.”What you’d hope is that any investigation would be completed swiftly,” said the Australian Industry Group’s Victorian director, Tim Piper. “All of the ministers are really just getting their feet under the desk. It’s disappointing for the government.” The Premier is taking over the small business, trade and innovation portfolio pending the outcome. Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford stood in at Sunday’s launch of the wine importers tour, which includes large buyers such as Amazon China and five Japanese importers.