Ministerial Code of Conduct
Minister for Energy Conflict of Interest Allegation



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SubjectsMinistry: New South Wales; Codes of Conduct; Calabria Community Club; Clubs
SpeakersSpeaker; Stoner Mr Andrew; Iemma Mr Morris
BusinessQuestions Without Notice


    MINISTERIAL CODE OF CONDUCT
    MINISTER FOR ENERGY CONFLICT OF INTEREST ALLEGATION
Page: 4648


    Mr ANDREW STONER: My question is directed to the Premier. Given that the Minister for Energy has benefited from the rezoning of land owned by Calabria Community Club, because his campaign donors and business associates stand to receive a financial benefit, will the Premier enforce section 3.2 of his ministerial code of conduct to prevent this conflict of interest?

    Mr MORRIS IEMMA: The Leader of the Nationals has temporarily taken over the mantle as the sleaze merchant. While the Leader of the Opposition goes looking for his credibility, which no-one can find, the sleaze merchant from The Nationals has picked up the mantle today and is carrying on the job. Yet another Opposition Member has walked into the Chamber and levelled another accusation against a Minister. The Leader of The Nationals has the same problem as the Leader of the Opposition, that is, someone who lacks credibility and integrity has levelled an accusation. Members opposite assume that levelling an accusation equals an allegation and equals guilt.

    Mr SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of The Nationals will cease injecting.

    Mr MORRIS IEMMA: It is for the Leader of The Nationals to get up and justify a claim. All he has done is make a claim. He has levelled an accusation, and an accusation does not equal guilt. The Leader of The Nationals should be the last person to get up in the Chamber and lecture anyone about conduct or the code of conduct.

    Mr Andrew Stoner: Point of order: My point of order relates to relevance. You just voted—

    Mr SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of The Nationals will resume his seat. He cannot take a point of order and restate his question merely because he does not like the Premier's answer. The Premier has the call.

    Mr MORRIS IEMMA: All the Leader of The Nationals has proved with that question, and with the idiotic motion he tried to move earlier, is that he reads the Sydney Morning Herald. That is all. Perhaps he cuts out articles and keeps a filing system. That is all it is: He reads the Sydney Morning Herald. He gets up and lectures the Government about conduct, when sitting on the Opposition frontbench is the honourable member for Coffs Harbour who, to his disgrace, is the first member of Parliament in Australian parliamentary history to commit an assault on the floor of the Parliament.

    Mr SPEAKER: Order! I call the honourable member for Coffs Harbour to order. I call the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to order.

    Mr MORRIS IEMMA: I feel sorry for members opposite who, unfortunately, must sit in hateful unity with the Leader of the Opposition, who committed a detestable slander of the Attorney General last week and earlier this week. He then got up and talked about integrity and behaviour. Today the Leader of The Nationals brought in the latest instalment of smear and grubby tactics.

    Mr SPEAKER: Order! I call the honourable member for Coffs Harbour to order for the second time.

    Mr Andrew Stoner: Point of order: I refer to Standing Order 138. There is no smear. We want to debate—

    Mr SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of The Nationals will resume his seat. I call the Leader of The Nationals to order. The Premier has the call.

    Mr MORRIS IEMMA: The Leader of The Nationals, like the Leader of the Opposition—the man he sits next to—has no credibility. They have no character, no credibility and no integrity.

    Mr SPEAKER: Order! I call the honourable member for North Shore to order.

    Mr MORRIS IEMMA: They do not understand the basic difference between an accusation and a claim, an allegation or evidence. Get up and justify the smear and the innuendo!

    Mr SPEAKER: Order! I call the honourable member for Lismore to order.

    Mr MORRIS IEMMA: The simple fact is that the Leader of The Nationals cannot justify this, other than to tell us that he follows the newspapers.