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Billson snubs parliamentary rules and collects extra $75,000

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 9 Aug 2017

Bruce Billson's apology for his flagrant breach of parliamentary rules is not good enough and he should donate to charity the money he received from a top lobby group while still a member of parliament, Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

"What is the point of having rules for MPs and ministers if they can be breached with no consequences," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The Prime Minister's weak leadership is again on display with a third former Coalition government minister blatantly flouting parliamentary rules.

"Malcom Turnbull must speak up on the case of former minister Bruce Billson.

"The Prime Minister should disclose when he was made aware of Mr Billson had been appointed executive director of the Franchise Council of Australia.

"Mr Billson failed to disclose that he began receiving his $75,000 salary while he was still an MP.

"The former small business minister should be required by the Prime Minister and the Liberal Party to donate to charity the salary he received while breaking parliamentary rules.

"It also appears that Mr Billson has broken the Ministerial standards which requires an 18 month cooling off period before former ministers take lobbying jobs.

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