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Senator Arthur Sinodinos Denies Wrongdoing Or Illegality

Senator Arthur Sinodinos has issued a statement denying that he has broken the law in relation to the NSW Electoral Commission’s decision to withhold public funding to the Liberal Party because of undisclosed donors.

Sinodinos is Cabinet Secretary in the Turnbull government and a key backer of the Prime Minister. He says the Electoral Commission did not accuse him of setting up a slush fund or breaking the law. “I have never been accused of corruption. I deny any wrongdoing or illegality.”

The statement from Sinodinos is shown below.

Statement from Senator Arthur Sinodinos (Liberal-NSW).

Statement – NSW Electoral Commission

SinodinosIt is for the NSW Division of the Liberal Party to deal with the NSW Electoral Commission’s decision to withhold funding.

Despite what Labor says, the NSW Electoral Commission decision does not accuse me of setting up a slush fund or breaking the law. I have never been accused of corruption. I deny any wrongdoing or illegality.

Regrettably, parts of the Electoral Commission’s Summary of Facts used loose language which could convey erroneous impressions. [Read more…]


Turnbull’s New Ministers Sworn In; Joyce Now Deputy PM

The reshuffled Turnbull ministry was sworn in this morning.

Ministry

A number of existing ministers assumed new portfolios, whilst a batch of new ministers and parliamentary secretaries took the oath as Executive Councillors for the first time.

Barnaby Joyce, the new leader of The Nationals, is now Deputy Prime Minister. [Read more…]


Malcolm Turnbull: Statement Of Ministerial Standards

This is Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Statement of Ministerial Standards.

The document was released following Turnbull’s replacement of Tony Abbott as prime minister on September 15. [Read more…]


Cabinet Handbook – 2015

This is the Cabinet Handbook, 8th edition, released in March 2015. [Read more…]


Assistant Treasurer Senator Arthur Sinodinos Stands Aside Over ICAC Investigations

The Assistant Treasurer, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, has stood aside from the Abbott ministry pending investigations by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Sinodinos

Sinodinos announced his decision just before Question Time in the Senate. [Read more…]


Tony Abbott: Statement Of Ministerial Standards

The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has released a new statement of ministerial standards.

The Statement sets out standards in relation to pecuniary interests, shareholdings, gifts and post-ministerial employment. It forbids ministers from employing family members in their ministerial or electorate offices.

The Statement provides a series of general statements in regard to accountability and integrity. It requires ministers to stand aside if charged with a criminal offence and to resign if convicted. It also says a resignation may be required if the Prime Minister “is satisfied” the Standards have been been breached “in a substantive and material manner”. [Read more…]


Abbott Abolishes Twenty Advisory Bodies

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that the government has abolished twenty “redundant” advisory bodies.

Speaking at a press conference in Melbourne, Abbott said twenty groups have been abolished or amalgamated. The government is serious about a “smaller bureaucracy”, Abbott said. “We certainly won’t be stopping here.” [Read more…]