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Question Without Notice No. 783 asked in the Legislative Council on 7 November 2017 by Hon Peter Collier

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 7 November 2017

MINISTERIAL CODE OF CONDUCT — CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
      783. Hon PETER COLLIER to the Leader of the House representing the Premier:
I refer the Premier to part 5 of the Ministerial Code of Conduct relating to conflicts of interest.
(1) What is the distinction between actual and perceived conflict of interest?
      (2) Is a minister required to declare any conflict of interest in relation to agenda items prior to every cabinet meeting; and, if not, why not?
Hon SUE ELLERY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
      (1) I refer the honourable member to the Integrity Coordinating Group paper in relation to conflicts of interest, a copy of which I now table. Further to that, the Integrity Coordinating Group website elaborates as follows —
      Hon Nick Goiran: Who are they?
Hon SUE ELLERY: Why does the member not ask a question and I will answer it. Right now I am answering his leader's question. I will start my answer again —
(1) I refer the honourable member to the Integrity Coordinating Group paper in relation to —
Hon Nick Goiran interjected.
The PRESIDENT: Order! Hon Nick Goiran, I know you are really keen to hear the response to this question. You might allow the Leader of the House to finish the response before you encourage.
Hon SUE ELLERY: I will start again. The answer is as follows —
      (1) I refer the honourable member to the Integrity Coordinating Group paper in relation to conflicts of interest, a copy of which I will table. Further to that, the Integrity Coordinating Group website elaborates as follows —
          An actual conflict of interest may arise when an employee is asked to make a decision as a public officer that directly affects or impacts their personal or private interests.
          Importantly, some conflicts may only be perceived—an employee's decision could be questioned based on a personal or private interest that may not actually have impacted any decision.
      I seek leave to table the document.
      Leave granted. [See paper 848.]
      (2) Yes.