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BANNING MINISTERS AND PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES FROM TAKING COMMISSIONS FROM PROPERTY DEVELOPERS MUST BE FIRST PRIORITY WHEN PARLIAMENT RESUMES

Written by Aksel Ritenis

BANNING MINISTERS AND PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES FROM TAKING COMMISSIONS FROM PROPERTY DEVELOPERS MUST BE FIRST PRIORITY WHEN PARLIAMENT RESUMES

NSW Labor has written to the Leader of the Legislative Assembly, Mark Speakman, urging him to make sure Labor’s changes to ban Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries from taking commissions from property developers are the first priority when Parliament resumes today.

The Manager of Opposition Business Ryan Park wrote to Mr Speakman on Saturday, calling for the passage of amendments in the Statute Law Bill 2020 to be the top priority in the Lower House.

The Labor amendments passed through the Legislative Council on Thursday.

Labor Leader Jodi McKay said:

“The passage of amendments must be a priority after recent ICAC revelations regarding disgraced Liberal MP Daryl Maguire.”

“Mr Maguire received commissions from property developers over a number of years and with the knowledge of the Premier,” Ms McKay said.

“Property developers are banned from making political donations to prevent corruption. It is unacceptable that commissions have been permitted and encouraged from the exact same property developers.

“This behaviour is unacceptable and Labor is committed to ensuring the Government upholds higher standards of integrity.”

Mr Park said this matter must be urgently dealt with during this sitting week.

“We can never have a repeat of the conduct revealed in recent weeks and it is our responsibility to bring this ban into force,” Mr Park said.

“Any delay would further allow and encourage this unacceptable behaviour.”

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Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times

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