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AustraliaChristopher Pyne and Julie Bishop's new jobs do not breach ministerial standards, investigation finds

01:50  22 july  2019
01:50  22 july  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Former defence minister Mr Pyne was hired as a defence consultant by business advisers EY, as the firm seeks to expand its expertise in the defence industry.

Ms Bishop, who served as Australia's first female foreign minister, has joined the board of Palladium, which manages hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Labor believes former foreign minister Julie Bishop ' s appointment on the board of an international consultancy firm could breach ministerial The non-executive position is the West Australian's first job in the private sector since she bowed out of politics after more than 20 years at the election.

Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop on the Coalition frontbench last year. Labor says Scott Morrison should take action over the former ministers taking The current federal ministerial standards require that ministers do not lobby, advocate for or have business meetings with government

The pair had faced criticism they were using unique knowledge gained during their time in the ministry to benefit in the private sector, and Labor demanded Prime Minister Scott Morrison intervene.

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Former Coalition ministers Julie Bishop and Christopher Pyne face questions about the propriety It also considered whether the new Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme should be applied to The opposition's Senate leader Penny Wong said last month Ms Bishop ' s appointment did not "pass

The Statement of Ministerial Standards bans former ministers from taking "personal advantage of information to which they have had access as a minister, where that information is not generally available to the public".

An investigation was launched by Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary Martin Parkinson.

"What is important is that whatever employment they take on does not put them in breach of the Statement of Ministerial Standards," Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told the ABC's AM program.

"And the advice that the Prime Minister has received from the secretary of his department independently is that former ministers Pyne and Bishop are not in breach."

"Dr Parkinson reviewed all of the relevant information, he spoke to both former ministers Pyne and Bishop, and his advice to the Prime Minister is there's no breach of ministerial standards — and that is the advice that I will be providing to the Senate this morning."

Senate crossbencher Rex Patrick had threatened to establish a Senate inquiry into the ministerial standards, but said he would wait to see the result of Mr Parkinson's investigation.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson said it was time to look at whether the ministerial standards needed to be changed.

"I have a grave concern about people who have held ministerial positions, dealt with companies who have received a million dollars, if not hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts, and [are] now working for those firms," she said.

"It doesn’t look good."

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