An ethics committee has found former Queensland minister Ros Bates misled state parliament through a letter from her son about his government job.
Former Queensland minister Ros Bates misled state parliament through a letter from her son but didn’t intend to, an ethics committee has found.
In October, Ms Bates read a letter to parliament on behalf of her son Ben Gommers, who was defending himself against what he claimed were constant media attacks about his appointment to a plum government job in Queensland’s transport department.
Queensland Parliament’s ethics committee discovered that Ms Bates sent Mr Gommers’ resume, via email, to then director-general of the department Michael Caltabiano on March 28, 2012, a day after she gave it to five potential ministers.
She then spoke to Mr Caltabiano about her son’s resume, the committee found.
It had been investigating whether Ms Bates misled parliament when she read out a letter, penned by her son, to parliament on October 15 2013 that said: “at no stage did my mother employ me, nor did she ask anyone to give me a job”.
The committee decided the statement was misleading.
But it found the member for Mudgeeraba did not make the connection between the expression of her son’s opinion and the emails she had previously sent forwarding her son’s resume for consideration.
“Therefore she did not know, at the relevant time, that her statement could, in substance, have been misleading,” the committee’s report read.
The ethics committee has recommended Ms Bates make a statement to parliament, but says the house should take no further action.