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Thursday, 10 October 1996
Page: 3861

Motion (by Senator Sherry)—as amended by leave—proposed:

That the Senate—

(a)   notes:

   (i)   the Department of the Treasury's indexed list of files created between January 1996 and June 1996 contains the following files:

      (a)   96/01082 ANZ's views on superannuation and daughter of Campbell, and

      (b)   96/0111 ANZ Funds Management views on access to award superannuation and retirement savings accounts,

   (ii)   that the code of conduct by the Prime Minister (Mr Howard) states that `Ministers are required to divest themselves of all shares and similar interests in any company or business involved in the area of their portfolio responsibilities. The transfer of interests to a family member or to a nominee or trust is not an acceptable form of divestment.',

   (iii)   that the Register of Senators' Interests incorporating declarations of interests lodged after 2 March 1996 and notifications of alterations of interests lodged between 21 June 1996 and 3 October 1996 in respect of the Assistant Treasurer (Senator Short) includes shareholdings in ANZ and a range of other companies, including BHP, CRA, CSR, Boral, Bridge Oil, Pasminco, Jennings Industries, Centro Properties, Mirvac, AGL, Cornwall Resources, Valeio Energy, Parkwick Pty Ltd, and in respect of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer (Senator Gibson) includes shareholdings in the Bank of Melbourne, National Australia Bank, Woolworths, CRA, AGL, Amcor, BHP, BTR, Boral, Brambles, CSR, FH Faulding, National Foods and Simsmetal, and

   (iv)   that the Minister for Resources and Energy (Senator Parer) divested himself of shares in Queensland Coal Mines Management Pty Ltd; and

(b)   calls on Senators Short and Gibson:

   (i)   for an explanation of what could be construed as a conflict of interest and breach of the Prime Minister's code of conduct, and

   (ii)   to disclose all investments and interests held by both the Short Family Trust and the Brian F Gibson Family Trust to ensure that no other conflicts of interest exist.