LABOR MOVES TO BAN PROPERTY DEVELOPERS FROM SERVING AS CABINET MINISTERS AND PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARIES
Labor is calling on the Berejiklian Government to support its amendments to the Ministerial Code of Conduct to ban property developers from serving as cabinet ministers and parliamentary secretaries.
Labor moved this amendment as part of a broader suite of integrity measures that it has put before the parliament.
They include banning the receipt of commissions from property developers, making it a crime to recklessly shred important Government documents and a requirement for the publication of ministerial registers of interest.
Labor put these integrity measures forward after the Berejiklian Government was inundated by a series of corruption scandals including;
- The Premier’s knowledge of the former Member for Wagga Wagga Daryl Maguire’s corrupt practices, and her failure to inform ICAC
- The Premier’s improper use of the Stronger Communities Fund for political purposes and her office’s subsequent destruction of all records relating to her approval of that grants scheme, and;
- The Treasurer’s unlawful use of funds from the state workers compensation agency, iCare, to employ a right wing political operative from the United States in his ministerial office.
NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay said:
“I call on the Government to support all the integrity measures we’ve put before the Parliament, along with the amendment we are putting forward today.
“We introduce this legislation because the Opposition believes you can be a Cabinet Minister or a property developer. You can’t be both.
“You can put integrity first or you can put vested interests first. You can’t do both”, Ms McKay said.
“Too many members of this Government have got serious form when it comes to using public resources for private gain.
“And there are simply no circumstances where it is acceptable for a Minister or Parliamentary Secretary to be in a position where they can use their public office to gain access to confidential information or public money for their own benefit, or the benefit of their mates.”