I believe the public’s confidence in the integrity of government decision making is absolutely paramount.
That is why today I have asked the Secretary of the Department of Premier and Cabinet to conduct a review into allegations that have been made regarding Minister Sidoti’s disclosures and other obligations as a Minister.
I regard Mr Sidoti as a hard working MP and Minister and note he has given strong assurances that he has acted appropriately at all times.
I believe the Secretary’s independent review is important to ensure there is ongoing public confidence in these matters.
With that in mind, I have asked the Secretary to undertake an urgent review of:
- The Minister’s compliance with the disclosure requirements of the NSW Ministerial Code of Conduct during the relevant periods;
- Whether or not the Minister, in his current or previous roles, had access to confidential information that may have benefited his personal interest; and
- Whether or not any conflicts of interest were appropriately managed by the Minister in his current or previous roles.
Donations are a matter for the NSW Liberal Party organisation and will not be the subject of this review.