The person I hold immediately responsible for the ongoing cover-up of VLSC corruption is Ms Danielah Iacono whose formal title is “Manager, Discipline & Suitability”.
For a number of years Ms Iacono has known of conduct that should have resulted in the dismissal of miscreant staffers and the laying of disciplinary and possibly criminal charges. But it appears that Ms Iacono has standing as something of a “fixer”; someone who can make problems go away.
It is clear that Ms Iacono is regarded as a skilled and canny negotiator, as evidenced by her attending at my office on behalf of the Commissioner to strike a deal with me about my mistreatment by the VLSC. When she asked me about the likelihood of my reporting matters to IBAC she was careful to state that this question was for her personal information only, and not asked on behalf of the VLSC.
Ms Iacono has also been very careful to avoid any overt admission that a culture of corruption exists in her office, but has tacitly acknowledged it by offering me ‘incentives’ to quietly move forward and let sleeping dogs lie.
I have suggested to Ms Iacono on no less than 3 occasions that she should become a whistleblower and disclose what she knows. But Ms Iacono appears to have faith in those above and below her, and has ignored my suggestions. (I do understand that becoming a whistleblower would be quite damaging to Ms Iacono’s career, but at the same time it would allow her some comfort in knowing that she had eventually chosen the right path.)
Danielah Iacono must resign or be dismissed
I admit quite openly that the purpose of my reference to Ms Iacono in this, my first blast of the whistle against corruption in the office of the VLSC, is to have Ms Iacono removed from her position of power.
I believe that the exit of Ms Iacono will result in a full investigation into mismanagement and corruption that has festered in the office of the VLSC for the best part of a decade. I believe that Ms Iacono will be the first of many whose positions at the VLSC will fall vacant in due course. If conducted properly such an investigation will also see former officers of the VLSC who have quietly slipped into into other government departments plucked out and dealt with. (A Senior Investigator who is the subject of allegations of serious criminal offences has moved out of the VLSC and now holds a position in Victoria Police!)
I will present a full case against Ms Iacono and others over coming weeks, with reference to letters, emails and audio recordings. But for the time being, it is sufficient to say that Ms Iacono’s continuing role as Manager, Discipline & Suitability is utterly untenable. Why? Because Ms Iacono knows that her office has perpetrated and perpetuated injustice, and she has deliberately chosen to avoid taking any action to properly address the situation.
In his Address at the International Women’s Day Conference in 2013, Lieutenant General David Morrison said,
“I will be ruthless in ridding the army of people who cannot live up to its values. And I need everyone of you to support me in achieving this. The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept. That goes for all of us, but especially those, who by their rank, have a leadership role.”
Ms Iacono, in her leadership role as Manager, Discipline & Suitability, has walked past the most disgraceful conduct and is continuing down her poorly chosen path. She must go.
I have sent Ms Iacono a series of questions, and put to her a number of serious allegations. So far Ms Iacono has been reluctant to respond. I will publish my questioning of Ms Iacono in due course, noting her non-responses as, “No comment.”