Wednesday, 5 December 2018
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Assistant Treasurer. Today's media report that the Assistant Treasurer is announcing a review of the ability of health supplement companies to label their products as made in Australia. Given that the Assistant Treasurer has a financial interest in a health supplements company named RQ Supplements, how can the minister claim that he's meeting his obligations under the ministerial standards to avoid conflicts between his private financial interests and his ministerial responsibilities? Has the minister learnt nothing from the last time he was a minister?
I thank the member for his question. The first thing I'll say is that policy responsibility for all things in the Australian Made Campaign resides with the minister for industry, not with me as the Assistant Treasurer. Secondly, I have put all of my assets in blind trusts—
Ms O'Neil interjecting—
I'll reiterate: firstly, the industry minister has policy responsibility for the Australian Made Campaign and all issues dealing with that particular matter. Secondly, my pecuniary interests are all updated and have all been blind-trusted, so I have no responsibility for assets in that regard.