Department of Planning to investigate possible breach of lobbyist rules involving Michael Photios firm

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The Secretary of the Department of Planning & Environment will investigate possible breaches of the Government’s lobbyist contact rules after questions from the Labor Opposition about communications between Michael Photios’ lobbying firm, PremierState, and a senior Planning Department official.

There is an obligation on the Department of Planning to record and publicly release all Departmental contact with lobbyists on planning proposals.

"Today I have provided evidence to parliamentary estimates hearings of communications between a representative of PremierState lobbying firm and a former senior official of the Planning Department," Shadow Minister for Planning Luke Foley said.

"That communication was never revealed on the Lobbyist Contact Register.

"I welcome the Department Secretary’s commitment to investigate this matter and I look forward to the parliamentary committee receiving her report and findings.

"The Planning Department needs to ensure that officials are recording every single contact with lobbyists and acting in the best interests of the public – especially when it comes to influential political powerbrokers."