Monday, 12 February 2018
Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017; In Committee
I'd make a couple of points. Firstly, in relation to the advice from Senator Rhiannon: we don't need your advice. If you've got good advice, could I advise you to keep it for Mr Bandt, who got the Greens into so much trouble this week. I don't know how anyone could have turned Senator Molan into a victim. So if you've got good advice then keep it for Mr Bandt, because he needs it more than we do.
In relation to what I indicated earlier about Mr Anthony, I have now received advice that he is not with the group Indue, who are responsible for the card, but that he is a lobbyist for that group. He is also the National Party president. He operates as a lobbyist as well as being the National Party president. My view is that that breaches the lobbyist code. Minister, do you have any views on whether the activities of the former National Party cabinet minister Mr Larry Anthony breach the lobbyist code established by the government, given that he is a lobbyist for the Indue group, who are developing the card, and the Indue group are making money out of the card, and so is Mr Anthony?