Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Minister for Human Services; Suspension of Standing and Sessional Orders
That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the member for Isaacs from moving the following motion forthwith:
That the House:
(1) notes that:
(a) except where the Prime Minister has given permission to continue an interest in a family business, the Prime Minister's own Statement of Ministerial Standards puts a blanket ban on Ministers providing assistance to companies in a private capacity;
(b) the Minister for Veterans' Affairs provided assistance in a private capacity to Nimrod Resources to seal a mining deal with a Chinese state-owned company during a trip to China;
(c) the principal of Nimrod Resources who the minister accompanied to China has donated more than $2 million to the Liberal Party; and
(d) on the same trip, the Minister subsequently met with the Chinese Vice-Minister for Land and Resources; and
(2) calls on the Minister for Veterans' Affairs to immediately attend the House to provide a full explanation of his trip to China and explain why he has not breached the Prime Minister's Statement of Ministerial Standards.
The Prime Minister needs to show some leadership to this country. This minister has betrayed his duty to the Australian people.
The question is that the question be put. There being more than one voice calling for a division, in accordance with standing order 133 the division is deferred until the conclusion of the discussion on the matter of public importance.