Anthony Roberts MP for Lane Cove
Energy minister Anthony Roberts was forced
to issue a statement on Monday afternoon, 28 April 2014 after it emerged in an
ICAC hearing that he had accompanied Mr Hartcher on a 2007 trip to Queensland’s
Whitsundays aboard Nabil Gazal’s luxury yacht, Octavia.
‘I paid my own airfares and costs associated with my attendance,’ Mr Roberts
‘For these reasons, I understood at the time that I did not need to make a
disclosure on my pecuniary interests register … I held no shadow portfolio
responsibilities at the time.’
Developers buy access to Minister
SMH A State Government minister, Anthony Roberts, hosted lunches at
Parliament House with prominent western Sydney property developers who had each
bid $2000 for access to him.
Property developers have been banned from making political donations in NSW
since 2010. The businessmen who wrote cheques at a Liberal Party fund-raiser in
April include Vic Cavasinni, the multi-millionaire owner of Cavasinni
Constructions and Beechwood Homes, David Masterton of Masterton Homes and Peter
Fowler of Fowler Homes, based at Wetherill Park.
The Liberal Party insisted yesterday that the cheques paid had not been cashed
after suspicion that laws around property developer donations would be breached.
Nevertheless, the party confirmed that the lunches with Mr Roberts, the Fair
Trading Minister, had been auctioned at a fund-raiser, that cheques were
accepted and the meetings went ahead.
Details of the lunches will be an embarrassment for the Premier, Barry
O'Farrell, who has tried to distance his government from the era of commercial
sleaze associated with Labor and the property developer fraternity. It will also
heap more pressure on Mr Roberts, who was recently rebuked by the Premier who
said ''wannabe Joe Tripodis'' had no place in his government.
Mr Roberts is also embroiled in claims he verbally assaulted a female staff
member, causing her ''severe psychological trauma''.
Greens condemn Minister Roberts for
spouting CSG industry lies
17 February 2014 MEDIA RELEASE -
The Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Jeremy Buckingham today condemned NSW
Minister for Resources Anthony Roberts for running a scare campaign based on
industry lies to justify turning NSW into a toxic gas field.
“The idea that NSW must industrialize our agricultural land and threaten our
water resources in response to looming gas price hikes is simply not true,”
Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham said.
“The reason that the price of gas to Australian consumers is set to rise is
because the government is rushing to export LNG and this is increasing demand
and driving up prices.”
“I have made it clear on numerous occasions that as we transition to renewable
energy we should reserve existing conventional gas resources from South
Australia and the Bass Strait for domestic use.”
“Instead of allowing key farmland and environmental assets to be contaminated by
coal seam gas drilling to feed overseas demand we should assess whether any
exports are in the national interest.”
“Regardless of how quickly we drill for gas under the current regime we can
expect domestic prices to reach export parity anyway, so why risk our land,
water and climate?”
“The Minister today has shown his hand and it is clear that he plans to keep
rolling out the same short sighted, self-interested lines that the gas industry
peddles with little regard for the impact on communities.”
“We do not need coal seam gas and communities have made it clear that they do
not want coal seam gas.”
“It’s about time this government listened to the farmers, scientists and
economists who are calling for a just transition to a renewable energy future
which builds regional NSW.”
The Greens at a national level are considering a policy response to gas price
rises including a domestic gas reservation and national interest test.
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