Suspicion Ros Bates deliberately misled parliament

THE Crime and Misconduct Commission suspects former Arts Minister Ros Bates deliberately misled Parliament when she read out a letter apparently penned by her son.

The Gold Coast LNP member must now front the Ethics Committee after the case was referred there by Parliamentary Speaker Fiona Simpson.

Ms Simpson told the House on Tuesday 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.

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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