Camm apologises after failing to declare shares
Whitsunday MP Amanda Camm has apologised for not declaring a financial interest to Queensland Parliament, saying she did not know the interest had not been disclosed.
The Brisbane Times reported Ms Camm failed to disclose shareholding in her husband Brendan Webb's consultancy business.
Australian Securities and Investments Commission records state Ms Camm is a shareholder of the company Strategic Direction Performance.
"It has come to my attention that a company and trust which I have an interest was not declared on my register of interest," she said in a statement.
"I wasn't aware of this, I should have been and I apologise.
"These entities have not transacted since 2019 as part of a wind down process, they hold no assets and transact no business.
"During the time I held the position of Deputy Mayor of Mackay Regional Council, these interests were fully disclosed on my register of interest.
"I am working with the Clerk of the Parliament to correct my register of interest."
Parliamentary rules state politicians must declare the companies in which they have interests in for transparency and to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles raised the issue of Ms Camm's shares during question time on Tuesday, saying declaring and managing conflicts of interest was central to good government.
"I note the statements of the Member for Whitsunday in both the Brisbane Times and in this House earlier that she did not know she owned shares in Strategic Direction Performance," Mr Miles said.
"I table for the benefit of the House the member's inaccurate statement of interests as well the ASIC extract which clearly outlines the shareholdings of the member.
"I can advise the House that, despite what the member has said, it appears she did know she owned shares in Strategic Direction Performance.
"When she was deputy mayor of Mackay where she very clearly says that she has a shareholding in Strategic Direction Performance - the same company she now says she did not know she had shares in.
"I will write to the clerk about these inconsistencies."
Ms Camm has since clarified she knew of the interest in her husband's company but accepts she had overlooked the declaration when she moved from council to her current State Government position. She is working to rectify that.