Angus Taylor has confirmed today that he made Josh Frydenberg aware of his interests in Jam Land Pty Ltd prior to Taylor meeting with the department investigating his part-owned company for alleged illegal poisoning of a critically endangered species.
Josh Frydenberg, as then Environment Minister, has questions to answer on what he knew about Jam Land and when.
Josh Frydenberg’s office arranged the meeting for Angus Taylor with the department investigating Taylor’s company.
Josh Frydenberg’s office, while he was Environment Minister, asked the Department of Environment and Energy about how to delist the critically endangered species Taylor’s company was alleged to have poisoned, and about how to bypass the official Threatened Species Scientific Committee on the delisting, and if the department could avoid publishing the reasons for the change.
The only compliance investigation underway for alleged poisoning of critically endangered grasslands since it was listed in 2016 was on the property part owned by Angus Taylor.
Josh Frydenberg must now come clean on when he knew about Taylor’s interests in the property. Scott Morrison, too, must tell the Australian people what conduct he’s willing to accept from his ministers.
Australians deserve answers about a Minister clearly in breach of the ministerial standards.
SUNDAY, 22 SEPTEMBER 2018