Monday, 2 December 2019
Questions without Notice
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction
My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Senator Birmingham. I refer to his statement on 24 July 2019 that Mr Taylor 'has always declared his interests'. Does the minister stand by that statement?
Can the minister explain why he told the Senate that Minister Taylor has always declared his interests when Minister Taylor has failed to declare his partnerships share in GFA F1 Pty Ltd for over five years?
I'm not aware of the issue that Senator Wong refers to. I will look into that. I don't take these matters at face value in the Senate chamber, but, if there is further information to update the Senate with, I'll bring it back to the chamber.
Can the minister confirm that Mr Taylor has failed to disclose to the parliament a previous shareholding and directorship in JRAT International Pty Ltd, a shareholding in Jam Land Pty Ltd, despite that company being subject to investigation by his own department for allegedly poisoning critically endangered grasslands, and now a shareholding held by his partnership?
No, I do not take Senator Wong's assertions at face value there. Senator Wong has included in her statements matters that have been clearly dealt with already in relation to subsidiary entities or companies of other bodies. In relation to the issue that was raised in the first supplementary question, as I've indicated, if there's further information, I will come back to the chamber.