JONES Minister says she did not mislead the Parliament
SMALL Business MinisterMini Kate Jones has rejected suggestionssugge she ““misled” misled” Parliament, as the LNP asks that she be referred t to the Ethics Committee.
Earlier this week, Ms Jones told a parliamentary Estimate Estimates hearing: ““Has Has anyone from CCI CCIQ, AIG ... ever said to me ... ‘kee ‘keep the previous government’s re red-tape target, which was based o on a public servant sitting in aba back room counting words and pages of legislation?’ No, not one.”
She revealed how the Newman government usedu public servants to follow guidelines that spelt out how to identify ““red-tape”red- tape” keywordskeywor as they worked through legislation.le
Opposition sm small business spokesman Tim Nicholls yesterday wrote to Speaker Pete Peter Wellington accusing Ms Jones of misre misrepresenting CCIQ’s view views and misleading Par Parliament.
Mr Nicholls point pointed to a Marc March 31 letter receivedrecei by Ms JonesJone from the CCIQCCI – which she acknowledgedacknow in later corresp correspondence. It is understoodunderstoo the letter reiteratedreitera the CCIQ’sCCI “longstandingstan approach”pro to combatingcom red tape involved “e “establishing a baseline of existingexis regulatory requirements”require to impose “constraints“constrai on regulators”.
It is also under understood the correspondence no noted how CCIQ ““stronglystrongly support supported the former state government’s a approach to measure the existing bur burden of red tape and set a reduction ta target”.
Ms Jones and the CCIQ last night issued a joint statement, s saying they were ““committedcommitted to addr addressing the significant regulatory bur burden facing Queensland small busines businesses”.