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Parliamentary (Disclosure of Interests) Amendment Bill 2017

As part of the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s commitment to the highest standards of public disclosure, transparency and accountability, we are developing a Bill to amend the Parliamentary (Disclosure of Interests) Act 1996.

In early January we released a consultation draft for public comment. This draft Bill has been developed in response to community expectations and recommendations put forward by the Integrity Commission and the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner. The proposed changes are also informed by the requirements of other Australian Parliaments.

The draft Bill makes a number of significant changes to current disclosure requirements, which will require:

  • the register of interests to be published online.
  • the disclosure of the interests of spouses, dependent children and other dependents.
  • the disclosure of a boarder range of gifts and benefits, such as non-monetary gifts.

The draft Bill also makes a series of minor amendments to improve the operation and understanding of the Act.

Consultation draft: Parliamentary (Disclosure of Interests) Amendment Bill 2017

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Submissions received

Public consultation has now closed and we thank those who made comment on the proposed changes.

We received the following public submissions:
The Honourable Vanessa Goodwin MP
The Honourable Rob Valentine MLC
The Honourable Kerry Finch MLC
Integrity Commission

Next steps are to review the comments received on the draft bill and develop supporting regulations. At this stage, we are working towards having an Amendment Bill ready for introduction into Parliament in 2017.

For further information please contact Lisa Caswell, Senior Policy Analyst, Policy Division or Jess Jackson, Research and Policy Analyst, Policy Division on 6232 7550.