Labor Opposition forces Parliamentary Inquiry into Ministerial propriety

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The Labor Opposition has today combined with the minor parties in the Legislative Council to force a parliamentary inquiry into ministerial propriety in NSW – in the wake of serious questions being raised about the conduct of a number of O’Farrell Government ministers, including the former Finance Minister who was sacked for misconduct.

The parliamentary inquiry will examine ministerial responsibility, potential conflicts of interest between a minister’s public and private interests, the influence of lobbying and the lobbyist code of conduct.

Opposition Leader John Robertson said the inquiry would enable the parliament to inquire and report into serious issues of ministerial conduct and propriety.

“Barry O’Farrell promised high standards from his government when in Opposition – however, in only two years we have seen several ministers fall well short of these standards,” Mr Robertson said.

“Several ministers within the O’Farrell Government have been subjected to serious questions over their conduct in office.

“This inquiry will allow the NSW Parliament to ensure that we have the highest standards of ministerial propriety in this State.”

Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Luke Foley said: “There is a serious case for the Upper House - as the house of review – to take a closer look at the conduct, the actions and the statements of Barry O’Farrell’s ministers in office.

“The soap opera surrounding the former Finance Minister shows that the O’Farrell Government hasn’t delivered on their promised higher standards.

“If NSW ministers are behaving ethically, with probity and are telling the truth - they have nothing to fear from this committee.”