Premier refuses to rule out giving Hartcher access

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Mike Baird will not guarantee that no Liberal Minister will meet with former Terrigal MP Chris Hartcher in his new role as a lobbyist for a Central Coast property developer. 

In Parliament today, for the second day in a row, the Premier refused to rule out that any of his Ministers would meet with Mr Hartcher.

“Mr Hartcher is under investigation by the ICAC yet Mike Baird is happy for him to lobby Liberal Ministers,” said Shadow Attorney General Paul Lynch.

“If the ICAC hearings were enough to push Mr Hartcher to the crossbench, then why is it acceptable for him to have access to Government Ministers?

“The Liberals have been going on about cleaning up NSW politics – but twice now the Premier has refused to rule out giving Mr Hartcher access.

“It appears Mike Baird has no qualms about Mr Hartcher profiting from his Government contacts despite the ICAC proceedings.

“The Labor leader has banned his Shadow Cabinet from meeting with lobbyists under investigation by the ICAC. Why can’t Mike Baird do the same?

“It’s quite simple – the Premier should rule out the possibility that Mr Hartcher will be lobbying the Government.”