Western Australia’s Agriculture Minister has admitted he has a conflict of interest more than the sale of a major state asset, with Labor branding him a “shame” for not publicly revealing the problem previously.
The revelation from Ken Baston comes with the Govt making an attempt to drive via legislation allowing the sale of Canning Vale’s Marketplace City via Parliament this 7 days, before it shuts down for the year.
It is recognized the conflict relates to an advisory role Mr Baston’s son has with a single of the bidders for the Marketplace Authority.
Mr Baston stated he experienced disclosed the subject to the Leading but his appointment of a new board for the authority last week was unrelated to his conflict.
“The administration of the board still sits beneath the Minister, so that appointment is different to the sale, it is just the working day-to-day operating of the markets,” Mr Baston informed Parliament.
“I have eliminated myself from all Cabinet meetings each time the discussion has taken place [concerning the sale].”
Mr Baston’s admission drew the ire of Labor, which explained the Minister had failed to sufficiently manage his conflict of interest by not disclosing it publicly.
“Individuals have taken their considerations about this bill to the Minister for Agriculture, believing the advocate for agriculture within Cabinet would be using their considerations to the Federal government,” Labor MP Ken Travers instructed Parliament.
“Now we discover out the Minister has a conflict … but has he ever advised the industry about that conflict?
“You great deal (the Government) have no comprehending about the management of conflict of curiosity.”
A spokeswoman for Mr Baston mentioned it was broadly acknowledged that the Minister experienced a conflict of interest and that he had followed suitable procedures.
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