MEMBER for Benambra Bill Tilley and police minister Peter Ryan have issued a joint press release standing by their conflicting statements to the Office of Police Integrity inquiry.
However, Mr Ryan has now conceded they did discuss matters surrounding Victoria Police in an informal meeting at a cafe.
But Mr Ryan and Mr Tilley say no notes were taken at the meeting and have “different recollections” about the conversation.
“We are aware of speculation surrounding evidence provided by us to the recent OPI investigation, and have agreed to the following joint statement to clarify our position,” the press release, issued during parliament today, read.
“During the discussion we dealt with various portfolio issues such as speed cameras and country fire stations.
“With respect to issues around Victoria Police command we recognise that we have different recollections.
“Individually we both assisted the OPI with their inquiry — both of us provided information according to the best of our knowledge, belief and recollection.
“Both of us stand by the evidence we gave to that inquiry. We have acted with integrity.”
Labor has condemned the pair, calling for Mr Ryan's resignation as police minister.
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