Science, Innovation and Information Technology Minister Ros Bates.
Science, Innovation and Information Technology Minister Ros Bates. Greg Miller

Ros Bates to front ethics committee over son's job claims

FORMER Science and Arts Minister Ros Bates will be asked to explain herself to the state's ethics committee after the Crime and Misconduct Committee found evidence that the LNP member might have deliberately misled Parliament about a plum government job given to her son.

Parliamentary Speaker Fiona Simpson told the House this morning she had received word from the CMC Chair Dr Ken Levy that Ms Bates may have given information to the Parliament "which was known to her personally to be incorrect".

"The implication is that by reading this incorrect material into the record, (Ms Bates) deliberately misled the Assembly on 15 October 2013," Ms Simpson said, quoting Dr Levy.

On that date, Ms Bates read a letter written by her son Ben Gommers which in part said "at no stage did my mother employ me, nor did she ask anyone to give me a job".

Mr Gommers left his Department of Transport role paying $103,000 a year after his appointment fell under scrutiny.


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