Fiona Nash censured by Senate over junk food links

THE Abbott Government's Assistant Health Minister was censured by the Senate today over her handling of a staff member's links to the junk food industry.

While the censure motion on Senator Fiona Nash holds no legal implications, the successful motion may yet have political implications, as Labor and The Greens call for her resignation.

Sen Nash's chief of staff resigned over a week ago after it was revealed he held interests in a food lobbying company with links to major junk food companies.

But despite Prime Minister Tony Abbott's assurances the matter had been "put to rest" after the resignation, the Opposition has questioned Sen Nash's ministerial conduct over the affair.

Sen Nash has steadfastly maintained she had not breached the ministerial code of conduct in relation to her former staff member.