GC MP Stuart Robert blasted over alleged constitution breach

A Gold Coast Senator has blasted Federal MP Stuart Robert following allegations the minister is in breach of section 44 of the constitution.

Fairfax published documents which show Mr Robert, the coalition member for Fadden, had direct financial links with a company awarded millions in government contracts.

ASIC records show Mr Robert was director of the GMT Group, the IT company he co-founded, from July 3, 2002 until August 20, 2010.


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Records show GMT and a number of other GMT companies were awarded about $16.5 million worth of government contracts between 2007 and 2010.

The MP stood aside the day before the 2010 federal election, three years after he first joined Parliament.

Mr Robert is yet to detail how his directorship and shareholding in the company did not break section 44 of the constitution, which forbids MPs from profiting from the Commonwealth.

Labor Senator Murray Watt told MyGC he wants Mr Robert to come forward and assure Gold Coasters he doesn’t have any current contracts with the government.

 

“It seems Stuart Robert has gotten himself in more trouble, it’s now been revealed Mr Robert’s IT companies have been awarded government contracts for $16.5 million, and that was after he was elected to Parliament,” Senator Watt said.

“There is an argument he wasn’t eligible to sit in Parliament, but more importantly it’s just a straight out conflict of interest for a member of parliament to be drawing some sort of financial gain.”

 

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