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Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Page: 14099


Mr KEOGH (Burt) (13:54): I stand in this place because we want more! The behaviour of the member for Moore has been exposed as simply not good enough. Rock lobsters have been a hot topic in WA in recent weeks, but the tales just keep getting curlier in relation to the member for Moore. What we're hearing is, quite frankly, cray cray.

The member for Moore escorted a delegation of overseas businesspeople to two lobster businesses that pay a commission to his company for securing export deals in his capacity as an MP. Lonely Planet warns tourists to other countries about guides taking them to restaurants where they get a commission, but I never expected that in Perth, especially not from an MP hosting a business delegation nowhere near his own electorate. It should be self-evident that members of parliament should not be using their status of office to benefit personally—but not the member for Moore; what he's been doing is simply 'shellfish'.

A recent media report outlined how the member promoted, on his official social media account, a cafe that leases a space from a shopping centre he partly owns. Then, in another report, we learnt he promoted on his official LinkedIn page the sales campaign of a property business he has a 50 per cent stake in—not that this is reflected anywhere in his register of interests!

The Prime Minister is running a protection racket for the misdemeanours of his ministers and his backbenchers because he's losing PMs and members of his party so rapidly they're becoming an endangered species. So I ask the Prime Minister: is there a special lobster clause regarding members' interests now? Apparently it's one rule for Liberal members and another rule for everyone else. (Time expired)