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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 13 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 4313 ..

Public Servants - Conflict of Interest

(Question No. 205)

Ms Tucker asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 16 November 1999:

In relation to the general obligations on public employees to avoid conflicts of interests in the performance of their duties under the Public Sector Management Act 1994, and in light of your answer to Question on Notice No. 191:

1) What is the number and percentage of Chief Executive and other Executives who have been given approval to (i) hold other employment, (ii) to engage in any business or profession, or (iii) act as a director of a company outside of their current positions.

2) What are the types of additional employment or business approved.

Ms Carnell: The answer to the Member's question is as follows:

Executives are required under the Public Sector Management Act and their contracts to disclose their financial interests. This occurs both when a contract is signed and whenever the Executive's personal financial interests change substantially. This information is provided to the relevant Chief Executive, or in the case of Chief Executives, the Minister.

The change in the question to provide statistical information rather than names does not change my approach to this issue. If any Member has specific concerns about an individual, they should raise them with me directly so the issue can be addressed. It is not appropriate to use parliamentary powers and privilege to examine what will inevitably come down to questions about individuals. A search of all records across ACT Government for this information is not justified in the absence of evidence of wrongdoing.

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