Friday, July 18, 2008

QLD ALP. Leader's conflict of interest: undeclared holiday

THE rules do not appear to leave much room for manoeuvre. The State Parliament's register of Members' Interests dictates that politicians must record a wide range of information about their personal financial affairs, including receipt of gifts, travel and accommodation.

Premier Anna Bligh faces another conflict-of-interest test after she did not declare a free family holiday at the exclusive Sydney home of a director of a major development company.

The Courier-Mail can reveal Ms Bligh and husband Greg Withers enjoyed a three-week stay in January at the mansion of Thiess board member and former federal minister Ros Kelly.

Ms Bligh has not listed the mansion stay - which real estate sources say would be worth more than $60,000 - on her register of interests despite the rules dictating any gift valued at $500 or more should be declared if a conflict of interest "may be seen to exist".
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