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Couriermail --> Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad to seek advice from Integrity Commissioner over house purchase

QuoteDeputy Premier Jackie Trad will seek advice from the Integrity Commissioner over a potential conflict of interest from the purchase of a house that stands to reap financial gains as a result of two major Brisbane infrastructure projects nearby.

DEPUTY Premier Jackie Trad will seek advice from the Integrity Commissioner as to whether she has a conflict of interest over the purchase of a property that stands to reap gains from Cross River Rail and a new school.

The Courier-Mail revealed today Ms Trad failed to properly declare a home purchased in Woolloongabba, in her electorate, that is set to increase in value as a result of the $5.4 billion rail project she is spearheading.

Ms Trad dismissed suggestions she was seeking to personally gain from the CRR project or the new school Labor is building nearby.

"The house that has been purchased has been purchased by my husband," she said.

"The CRR project is a project that has been around for more than 10 years.

"The idea of additional stations and upgraded stations in the Boggo Road precinct has been out in the public domain for eight years."

She said the home was also already in the state high catchment.

Ms Trad said she properly declared the property yesterday afternoon following calls from The Courier-Mail.

She said she had advised the Clerk of Parliament in early May that changes were coming.

But admitted the formal declaration should have been made earlier.

"I make no bones about that and I am deeply apologetic and sorry for it but as I said the allegations by the LNP that there is some conspiracy here is just not true.

"This is a house in an inner city area like other purchases that have been made...and all properties in many inner city areas are going to gain value and hat is just a result of a high level of demand."

Ms Trad said she would talk to the Integrity Commissioner about whether a conflict existed "but this property was purchased a long time after decisions had been made in relation to these projects."

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Only evidence of incompetence, nothing more nefarious.  It's hardly news that this project is coming and the rough parameters and station locations have been known for about a decade.
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When it comes to conspiracy and stuff-ups, it's usually human error every time.  Politics in Queensland is really so puerile.

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MP's spouse buys house in electorate. Wow! What a story!

James

It's not like the location of the new high school or CRR station have been terribly secret, hardly a conflict of interest. The house being in the State High catchment means far more than it being near the new school anyway.

Still quite a bad look though, particularly given how hard the ALP has gone on donors / property development / transparency and so on.
Is it really that hard to run frequent, reliable public transport?

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Couriermail --> Palaszczuk coy on Deputy Premier's property scandal

QuoteAnnastacia Palaszczuk has finally commented about deputy Jackie Trad's controversial property deal as it emerged another purchase did not appear on the Parliament's members' interest register.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has refused to admonish her deputy Jackie Trad after she secretly purchased a property along the route of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project.

The Premier yesterday sidestepped questions about the scandal that has engulfed Ms Trad and instead urged all MPs to follow Parliament's disclosure rules.

"All MPs are urged to satisfy their requirements," she said in a statement after being asked if she thought Ms Trad's purchase of the inner-city property was appropriate.

The Courier-Mail revealed yesterday Ms Trad bought a Woolloongabba property near the existing Park Road station and the future Boggo Road Gaol station in March but failed to declare it on Parliament's Register of Member's Interests.

The property is also within the catchment of the new Inner City South Secondary College being built by the Palaszczuk Government.

Labor figures were yesterday appalled that Ms Trad had purchased a property likely to rise in value as a result of a project that she has ministerial responsibility for.

"I'm actually in shock," one senior player said.

Ms Palaszczuk's reluctance to criticise the powerful Left faction leader's controversial real estate play came after it emerged another of Ms Trad's property deals had not been disclosed.

Ms Trad insisted her Register of Member's Interests was accurate yesterday morning but later blamed the Clerk of Parliament when it emerged that a West End unit she had purchased a year earlier had been excluded.

Clerk Neil Laurie yesterday apologised for the "administrative error".

"It appears that due to an administrative error, the declaration was not printed, signed and placed on the hard copy register of interest," Mr Laurie said in a statement.

"I have apologised to the Minister for this error."

Ms Trad said the decision to buy the three-bedroom Woolloongabba cottage for $695,500 was made by her husband while staunchly rejecting Opposition accusations she was trading on inside information about Queensland's biggest infrastructure project.

"The house that has been purchased has been purchased by my husband," Ms Trad said.

"The Cross River Rail project is a project that has been around for more than 10 years.

"The idea of additional stations and upgraded stations in the Boggo Road precinct has been out in the public domain for eight years."

However, Ms Trad apologised for failing to declare the property within 30 days as required by the Parliament of Queensland Act.

"I make no bones about that and I am deeply apologetic and sorry for it but as I said the allegations by the LNP that there is some conspiracy here is just not true," she said.

One property industry source said the humble cottage could be worth "either side of $1 million" by the time the Cross River Rail project was completed, while another said it could "more than double in value".

"It's disgraceful that it was not declared," one industry figure said. "It sounds very dodgy to me."

However, another prominent real estate player said anyone who had followed the progress of Cross River Rail could have speculated on property in Woolloongabba.

"The smart money would be investing in Woolloongabba and its neighbouring suburbs because it has lacked amenities and accessibility and will benefit from projects like Cross River Rail, no doubt," the source said.

While Ms Trad promised to consult the Integrity Commissioner about conflict of interest accusations, Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said she would refer the Deputy Premier to Queensland's corruption watchdog.

"Jackie Trad would have known about the uplift in value," she said.

"Jackie Trad would have known about the potential rezoning of that property".

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Couriermail --> House purchase doesn't pass the pub test

QuoteMinisters shouldn't require rules to tell them that the public takes a dim view of politicians who appear to use their position for personal profit, writes Steven Wardill.

THE scandal that has engulfed Jackie Trad over her belated declaration of a property she purchased that is primed to profit from her pet project, Cross River Rail, shouldn't end with a simple apology.

The issue, exposed by The Courier-Mail this week, has thrown up significant flaws in Queensland's accountability and integrity dragnet that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk simply cannot ignore.

The three-bedroom Woolloongabba home was bought from a deceased estate in a public sale for $695,500 in late March and registered with Queensland's Land Titles Office on May 1.

No problem there.

However, the issues revolve around whether Queenslanders can trust what politicians put in State Parliament's Register of Member's Interest and public perception that a minister stands to profit from her own project.

Trad failed to declare the property purchase within a month as required by the Parliament of Queensland Act.

Her oversight, which has now been corrected, could attract contempt of parliament accusations which carry serious consequences as many errant MPs have found out over the years.

These revelations demonstrate that the current honesty system, where MPs declare their own interests without any independent verification, is simply not good enough.

The same problem was exposed in 2006 when allegations swirling around minister Gordon Nuttall engulfed the Beattie government.

Nuttall failed to declare what was described as a $300,000 "loan" from coal baron Ken Talbot.

Then premier Peter Beattie's respond by saying he was going to introduce an "eyeball test" where he'd sit down annually with ministers and stare at them in order to elicit honest answers.

"I believe that as a leader, if you eyeball the ministers directly you are more likely to get compliance," Beattie insisted.

It would have been laughable if the issues involving Nuttall weren't so serious.

While Beattie might have believed his pale blue eye could prompt truth telling from his Cabinet colleagues, an annual eyeball test isn't going to work for Palaszczuk.

Can you imagine Palaszczuk sitting across from Trad in her 1 William Street office and asking her whether her register was right?

Now that's laughable.

Former Coalition leader Jeff Seeney had a solution for dodgy register entries by ministers when the Nuttall saga broke.

He suggested a system of random audits by the Auditor General or the corruption watchdog.

"There needs to be some sort of mechanism to ensure that they are honest," Seeney said.

And he was right.

Of course, that suggestion was forgotten when the LNP came to power six years later.

Maybe Campbell Newman decided eyeballing ministers was a better idea.

However, the other problem with Trad's property purchase is the perception that she is profiting from a massive project which she is overseeing.

The home is close to the existing Park Road station as well as the Boggo Road Gaol station that will be built as part of Cross River Rail.
It is also within the catchment of the new high school being built in Trad's South Brisbane electorate.

The Deputy Premier is right when she says that it's no secret that property prices around train stations will improve because of Cross River Rail and that the route has been known for many years.

However, as the minister responsible for the project she is also privy to an enormous amount of information that is not in the public domain, like estimate value improvements, the location, impact and timing of earthworks and the potential for extra services.

Trad says she will now consult with the Integrity Commissioner.

But she seems to have already decided that the purchase isn't an integrity problem, saying "this property was purchased a long time after decisions had been made in relation to these projects".

However, clearly she should have taken this advice before her family signed on the dotted line.

But there's also an argument that Trad, or any minister for that matter, shouldn't need someone to tell them about the pitfalls of perception.

While the Register of Interests should be subjected to some form of regular independent assessment, ministers shouldn't require rules to tell them that the public takes a dim view of politicians who appear to use their position for personal profit.

This is the real eyeball test.

And because of Trad the Palaszczuk Government is failing it.
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Couriermail --> Annastacia Palaszczuk refuses to publicly admonish Jackie Trad over Woolloongabba house purchase

QuoteAnnastacia Palaszczuk says she has spoken to Deputy Premier Jackie Trad following revelations about her failure to properly disclose the purchase of a Brisbane home, but has again refused to publicly admonish her.

ANNASTACIA Palaszczuk has asked to see Integrity Commissioner advice - expected today - in relation to Deputy Premier Jackie Trad's purchase of a property set to increase in value from the Cross River Rail project.

Ms Palaszczuk again refused to publicly admonish her deputy today over her failure to properly disclose the Woolloongabba home.

But she said she had spoken to Ms Trad following revelations about its purchase in The Courier-Mail.

"I have spoken with the Deputy Premier and she has spoken with the Integrity Commissioner and that advice is coming back today and I have asked to see that advice," Ms Palaszczuk said.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington yesterday referred Ms Trad to the Crime and Corruption Commission over the purchase.

"There needs to be a full investigation into the conduct of the Treasurer of Queensland," she said.

"Jackie Trad would have known about the uplift in value. Jackie Trad would have known about the potential rezoning of that property.

The Premier this morning declined to say whether she thought Ms Trad had a conflict of interest.

"I want to wait until the integrity advice. That's why we have a state Integrity Commissioner."

Ms Palaszczuk said she would not be taken any action against Ms Trad for failing to fully disclose the property as "that is a matter for the Parliament".
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^^It's too late for State Labor now. These things were going on in NSW Labor just prior to them getting voted out.

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Couriermail --> Jackie Trad will sell Woolloongabba investment house

QuoteA day after denying she had a conflict of interest, Treasurer Jackie Trad has announced she will sell an investment property she failed to declare, that stood to benefit from the construction of Cross River Rail.

JACKIE Trad has been forced to sell the property she bought along the route of the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project, just days after The Courier-Mail revealed she failed to publicly declare the purchase.

The Queensland Treasurer yesterday conceded she needed to sell the $695,500 Woolloongabba home for the same price she purchased it after receiving advice from the Integrity Commissioner.

Ms Trad refused to release the advice, saying she had asked for further clarification, however her decision to sell up came a day after she dismissed suggestions she had a conflict of interest.

"Today I received advice from the Integrity Commissioner, and will continue to do so," she said.

"In order to remove any doubt, I will sell the property at the same price it was purchased for.

"Until that time, it will continue to house victims of the Vulture St fire."

The house has been used as emergency accommodation for people left homeless by a boarding house fire in South Brisbane in May.

Her decision sparked Opposition calls for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to sack Ms Trad from Cabinet.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington likened the scandal as "akin to insider trading".

Shadow treasurer Tim Mander said yesterday it showed Ms Trad's judgment was deeply flawed.

"She does not understand the meaning of integrity," he said.

"Jackie Trad simply cannot be trusted to do the right thing."

The Courier-Mail revealed Ms Trad and her husband signed a contract for the three-bedroom home in late March, and the sale was registered with Queensland's Lands Title Office on May 1.

However, the purchase was not declared on State Parliament's Register of Member's Interest within a month as required under the Parliament of Queensland Act.

The home is a short distance from the future Boggo Rd train station to be constructed as part of the Cross River Rail project, for which Ms Trad has ministerial responsibility.

The revelation sparked allegations Ms Trad was trying to profit from Queensland's biggest infrastructure project and Opposition demands for her to be stripped of responsibility for overseeing its construction.

A property industry source said the house could be worth "either side of $1 million" by the time the project was finished, while another said it could more than double in value.

Ms Frecklington has referred the case to the Crime and Corruption Commission.

Ms Palaszczuk has refused to criticise the powerful Left-faction leader however several senior Labor figures were aghast at Ms Trad's decision to buy property likely to rise in value as a result of a Government decision.

"I have spoken with the Deputy Premier and she has spoken with the Integrity Commissioner and that advice is coming back today and I have asked to see that advice," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Ms Trad said she had asked for further advice from Integrity Commissioner Nikola Stepanov and would release it in full.

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ABC News --> Deputy Premier Jackie Trad refers herself to Queensland's corruption watchdog over house purchase

QuoteQueensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will ask the state's corruption watchdog to investigate whether she acted improperly when buying a house in a lucrative inner-city Brisbane suburb.

Ms Trad bought the property in Woolloongabba earlier this year — in the same area that will benefit from the Queensland Government's Cross River Rail project — which Ms Trad is in charge of.

The house is also in the catchment for a new inner-city primary and secondary school, making it a lucrative investment.

The Opposition last week alleged Ms Trad had engaged in "insider trading" when buying the property, and referred the case to the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC).

After seeking advice from the Parliament's Integrity Commissioner, Ms Trad will now also ask the CCC to investigate.

"The matters raised in recent days need to be clearly resolved once and for all — I continue to refute the allegations made by the LNP," Ms Trad said.

"I want this resolved as quickly as possible and so I have decided to refer this to the CCC to consider whether it's a matter that requires investigation."

Ms Trad will also stand down from her role at the head of the Cross River Rail project while the investigation is underway.

"While the matter is being considered by the CCC, I have undertaken to remove myself from any decision making involving Cross River Rail," she said.

The referral means Ms Trad is likely to avoid questioning at Budget Estimates Hearings about the controversial purchase, which start tomorrow.
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Couriermail --> Jackie Trad's Woolloongabba property bought a week before bid decision

QuoteAfter the Deputy Premier referred herself to the Crime and Corruption Commission over her purchase of a home near the route of the multibillion-dollar Cross River Rail project, property searches have revealed new details about the sale.

JACKIE Trad's purchase of a property near the route of Cross River Rail came just seven days before the Government decided on which bidders would build the multi-billion dollar project.

Property searches show the contract for the purchase of the three-bedroom Woolloongabba home, which has sparked an integrity crisis for the Deputy Premier, was signed on March 27.

Diaries entries for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Ms Trad show the Cabinet Budget Review Committee, the Government's most senior decision-making body, met on April 3 with the winning bidders announced the next day.

The decision confirmed the 10.2 kilometre rail line between Bowen Hills and Dutton Park would run along the original planned route and include a new station at Boggo Road, a short distance from Ms Trad's under-contract property purchase.

The Courier-Mail revealed last week the Deputy Premier failed to declare the purchase, which was made through a company she co-owns with her husband, on State Parliament's Register of Members' Interests.

Ms Trad committed on Friday to sell the $695,500 property for no profit after obtaining advice about conflicts of interest from Integrity Commissioner Nikola Stepanov.

However, Ms Trad announced on Monday the sale process would be halted and Dr Stepanov's advice would not be released because she had referred herself to the Crime and Corruption Commission.

"I want this resolved as quickly as possible and so I have decided to refer this to the CCC to consider whether it's a matter that requires investigation," she said in a statement.

Ms Trad said the Integrity Commissioner had warned against releasing her advice or selling the property until the CCC had resolved the matter.

She has also removed herself from decisions concerning Cross River Rail.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington accused Ms Trad of creating a smokescreen to avoid questions at today's opening session of Budget estimates hearings.

Ms Frecklington renewed her calls for Ms Trad to be sacked.

"It is no coincidence this move came less than 24 hours before Jackie Trad was due to be grilled in Parliament," she said.

"I had already referred Jackie Trad to the CCC four days ago because of this blatant breach of integrity rules.

"Jackie Trad never declared her Woolloongabba property and she should never have bought it in the first place."
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^^This whole Saga reminds me.of that former NSW Labor MP Eddie Obeid. It's haunted NSW Labor ever since, throwing them out of power and preventing them reaching an election win.

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Uh ... oh ..

Couriermail --> Rival Cross River Rail bid had station further away from Trad investment property

QuoteOne of the consortiums short-listed for the Cross River Rail project did not include a station at Boggo Road, near the controversial property purchased by Jackie Trad, in its proposal.

ONE of the short-listed Cross River Rail consortiums did not include a station at Boggo Road near the controversial property purchased by Jackie Trad in their proposal.

The revelation contradicts Ms Trad's claims that Cross River Rail's route had been decided and public knowledge for years and any investor could have speculated on property near the planned development.

Couriermail.com.au can reveal the proposal involved an alternative station well away from Ms Trad's property near the Princess Alexandria Hospital to provide a transport solutions for thousands of staff, patients and visitors.

According to sources close to the bid team, the station would have been known as "New Dutton", positioned on the other side of the rail corridor and would have resolved some of the technical issues.

However, the proposal was rejected by the Palaszczuk Government despite being similar in price to rival bids and supported by the Cross River Rail Authority.

The Courier-Mail revealed last week that Ms Trad had purchased a three-bedroom home in Woolloongabba near the existing Park Road station and the proposed Cross River Rail Boggo Road station.

The purchase was made by a company jointly owned by Ms Trad and her husband but not declared within the required time frame on state parliament's Register of Members Interests.

The contract was signed on March 27, seven days before the Government's Cabinet Budget Review Committee made the final decision on the winning bidder and the final route.

It is understood the meeting was delayed on several occasions.
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Rail Express --> Trad refers Woolloongabba home purchase to corruption watchdog

QuoteJackie Trad will step aside from Cross River Rail decision making while awaiting a decision from the corruption watchdog after it was revealed she bought a house near the rail project's future Woolloongabba station precinct.

Trad was targeted last week by the state opposition over her undisclosed purchase of a three-bedroom home in Woolloongabba in March, reportedly for $700,000.

The house stands to increase in value as the Cross River Rail project delivers better public transport to the area. A new school is also set to open nearby, according to reports.

Trad, the state's treasurer and deputy premier, has denied all allegations of wrongdoing, but says she will sell the house once the matter is settled, tweeting she would sell for the same price it was purchased for.

She said on July 22 she had referred her case to the state's Crime and Corruption Commission, and would await a decision from the CCC on whether an investigation would go ahead.

Trad also said she had received advice from the Integrity Commissioner, but the advice will not be made public at this time.

"The matters raised in recent days need to be clearly resolved once and for all. I continue to refute the allegations made by the LNP," Trad said in a short statement.

"While the matter is being considered by the CCC, I have undertaken to remove myself from any decision making involving Cross River Rail."

The decision means Trad is likely to miss estimates hearings set to take place this week in Queensland Parliament, where the matter is certain to be brought up by the opposition.

State opposition leader Deb Frecklington said Trad was using the CCC referral as a "smoke screen to dodge questions during estimates".

"The Palaszczuk Labor government's integrity crisis is growing by the day. The premier needs to finally show some leadership and immediately sack Jackie Trad," Frecklington said. "The premier must also release the Integrity Commissioner's advice, which she received on Friday."

Shadow treasurer Tim Mander also called for Jackie Trad to be 'stood aside', tweeting: "This is the person responsible for the Cross River Rail ... outrageous! What other financial interests has [Jackie Trad] not disclosed?"

The opposition labelled Trad's promise to sell the house as an "admission of guilt."

Cross River Rail is a $5.4 billion project to deliver a new 10.2-kilometre rail line through the heart of Brisbane, from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills. It includes five new high-capacity stations, including one at Woolloongabba, two kilometres from the CBD.
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Perception is everything in politics ... they are losing the game this mob ..

An example:

Letter to the Editor Queensland Times 24th July 2019 page 17

' Trad house purchase should have all our blood boiling '



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Couriermail --> Trad to jet away from heat over house on a trade mission

QuoteDeputy Premier Jackie Trad has this morning defended a phone call to the head of the CCC in the wake of her referral over a inner Brisbane house purchase, and said she had only learnt of the investment through a text message from her husbane.

JACKIE Trad will jet out on a trade mission on Friday to sell Queensland as an investment destination to the world as the integrity scandal involving her Woolloongabba property purchase continues to widen.

The Courier-Mail can reveal the Deputy Premier has been given a green light to travel to London, Paris and New York as part of the annual Queensland Treasury Corporation roadshow despite questions over her own investment decisions.

The revelations last night sparked Opposition demands for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to ground her deputy and send another minister on the week-long trip to represent Queensland.

"Jackie Trad shouldn't be fleeing the country while she is embroiled in an integrity crisis over an investment property," Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said.

"Given the Labor Treasurer's integrity is in tatters, she is the last person who should be spruiking about investment in Queensland."

Ms Trad this morning denied reports she was fleeing the state, telling the ABC she was following a three-decade tradition in going overseas to sell the state budget.

"Every state treasurer going back 30 years did an investment road show after bringing down the budget," she said.

"It is a critical part of the marketing of our state.''

It comes after Ms Trad revealed during yesterday's Budget estimates hearings that she phoned Crime and Corruption Commission boss Alan MacSporran on Sunday to have a private discussion before forwarding her controversial purchase to the watchdog for investigation the next day.

"I rang the head of the CCC to advise him that I would be providing information in relation to this matter and that I would be fully co-operating with whatever assessment or the outcome of the assessment that the CCC would undertake," Ms Trad said.

" In no way shape or form was I suggesting or inferring a particular outcome."

Ms Trad this morning defended making the call, saying it was a matter of "courtesy".

"I volunteered this information (and) if I sought to influence Mr MacSporran in any way I don't think I would be disclosing it in parliament at an estimates committee hearing," she said.

She said her husband had advised her by text that he was interested in purchasing a property, but said few details were discussed between them.

"It was at a time that a lot of other things were happening," she said. "I trust my husband - he manages his income in the way that he decides."

She accepted she was a beneficiary of the trust involved in the purchase.

The scandal involves Ms Trad's purchase of a three-bedroom house near the proposed Boggo Rd station being built under the Cross River Rail project which she has ministerial responsibility for.

Ms Trad has promised to sell the property but denied impropriety, saying the route for Cross River Rail had been public knowledge for years.

However, The Courier-Mail revealed yesterday a rival project bidder proposed moving the proposed station away from Ms Trad's investment to a location near the Princess Alexandria hospital to provide a travel solution to staff, patients and visitors and to overcome technical issues.

But the proposal was rejected by the Palaszczuk Government despite being the favoured option of the Cross River Rail Authority and the Department of Transport.

Questions about the alternative station and the Government's decision were repeatedly thwarted during the Budget estimates hearings with the boss of the project saying the matters were commercial-in-confidence.

Ms Trad said she had failed in just one aspect of the accepted procedues related to disclosure of pecuniary interests.

She had contacted the independent public official who updated MP's pecuniary interests, but had failed to supply one form

"What I didn't do was I didn't sign the final form for it to be uploaded,'' she said.

"And I have apologised for that and I made that mistake.''

Ms Trad confirmed the house in question was about to be sold but denied the sale was an admission of any wrong doing, saying it was just part of the "moving on'' process.

But she said she was concerned about the percpetion the matter had created for the Queensland Government.

"Of course I am concerned about the perception but at the end of the day it is what is is.''
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What a ridiculous beat up from Merde-och. The station locations have been known for decades.

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It's sort of like the defendant in a court case phoning the judge and having a private chat.

And as a chat, no direct record of what was said either.
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While the location of CRR stations were very public knowledge and many members of the public are thinking about property purchases as a result of this project (I know we are), when you are a senior member of parliament you have strict rules to adhere too and this simply does not pass the pub test.

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Quote from: #Metro on July 24, 2019, 12:22:39 PM
It's sort of like the defendant in a court case phoning the judge and having a private chat.

And as a chat, no direct record of what was said either.
I think that is bizarre too! A person referring themselves to the CCC and calling for advice on the weekend about that referral.

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Quote from: Old Northern Road on July 24, 2019, 10:01:02 AM
What a ridiculous beat up from Merde-och. The station locations have been known for decades.

I think a lot more questions have been raised now that one of the (rejected) tenderers had a station away from the initial Park Road location / closer to the PAH.

There are probably far more legitimate reasons the tender was rejected, but this really doesn't pass the pub test now.
Is it really that hard to run frequent, reliable public transport?

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RADIO host Ray Hadley dropped a hilarious spoof of the integrity crisis engulfing Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad this morning

https://soundcloud.com/user-968653944/ray-hadleys-hilarious-spoof-about-jackie-trad-saga

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