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Ros Bates amends register after Santo Santoro query

QUEENSLAND Arts Minister Ros Bates has amended her lobbyist register following intensifying inquiries over the document's accuracy.

Now the register reflects additional contact she had with Santo Santoro, a former politician-turned lobbyist.
The lobbyist register details contact between April and October.

In Parliament on Tuesday, Opposition MP Jackie Trad asked Ms Bates to confirm her lobbyist register tabled during an Estimates Committee hearing, which showed two meetings with Santo Santoro, was accurate.

"Since my election, as I have said at estimates, I have met with Santo Santoro in my capacity as minister on a grand total of two occasions," Ms Bates replied.

"One was at that executive lunch for ICT industry leaders hosted by Technology One, another was a dinner in July."

But a few hours later Ms Bates fronted Parliament with an amended register.

She claimed an "administrative error" in printing the document was responsible for the incomplete register.

"After question time I was informed that it had become apparent that the register I tabled on 16 October was incomplete," Ms Bates said.

"This was due to an administrative error in printing the document quickly in order to be able to table it before the committee.

"This is the first opportunity I have had to correct the record since being informed of the matter a short time ago."

Ms Bates is the latest minister to come under fire for recording lobbyist encounters after Housing Minister Bruce Flegg's sacked media adviser accused Dr Flegg of misleading parliament about how many contacts he had with his lobbyist son.

Topics:  ethics ros bates



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