The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority conflict of interest inquiry
24 February 2014
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In October last year I ordered an inquiry into allegations of potential conflicts of interest involving two board members of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Independent legal expert Robert Cornall has carried out the inquiry and provided me with the final reports.
The report finds that allegations of conflict of interest are 'unfounded'.
The report finds that the two board members have at no time breached their public duty in regard to their position with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Key findings from the inquiry surrounding Mr Tony Mooney and Mr Jon Grayson include:
- Both board members appropriately disclosed their financial and personal interests
- Mr Mooney's position as an employee of a coal explorer that does not mine or export coal and has no immediate plans to do so, does not amount to a material personal interest
- Mr Grayson, the Queensland Government's nominee to the board, declared his personal interests to the Integrity Commissioner and the interests don't conflict with his public duty
- The board members' employment and assets, which they declared, aren't considered real or apparent conflict of interest under the Australian Public Service Code of Conduct
- Neither board member has links to the Obeid family.
Mr Cornall recommended that the Authority 'take no further action in this matter'.