PROPERTY DEALS CONTROVERSY: PREMIER’S PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY UNDER SCRUTINY

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There were more troubling questions for Premier Gladys Berejiklian in Parliament today over her Parliamentary Secretary’s undisclosed property interests.

NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley asked if she was aware that Liberal MP John Sidoti had not disclosed his interest in a commercial property in Five Dock.

And she refused to answer when he asked if she knew it was central to an amendment to the City of Canada Bay Environmental Plan. The amendment would increase density and building heights including for the property in which the Parliamentary Secretary has an undisclosed interest.

Ms Berejiklian also ignored an opportunity to explain if she knew Mr Sidoti was a director of a company, and had not disclosed that fact.

Just last week Ms Berejiklian wouldn’t answer a series of questions over how Mr Sidoti acquired a 10 per cent share in a property development at Rouse Hill – and could now potentially reap millions of dollars windfall profit when scores of home units are built, on the re-zoned land.

Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“The Premier continues to adopt a head-in-the-sand approach to her Cabinet’s Parliamentary Secretary.

“She’s clearly not in charge – otherwise she would have answers. A strong Premier would demand answers from her Parliamentary Secretary.

“We have been asking parliamentary questions on this issue for nearly two weeks. So far we have not had a direct answer. We will continue to grill the Premier about Mr Sidoti’s behaviour”.