NSW Treasurer Fails To Declare Donation From Former Employer
The Liberal party's second-in-charge in NSW is under fire over failing to declare a donation.
In 2011, treasurer Dominic Perrottet received more than $2000 from the law firm he used to work for -- but he didn't declare it, as he's required to by law.
He has blamed the party.
"In kind donations for catering should be disclosed as per the rules, if an oversight has occurred the Liberal party will be disclosing that in due course," he told 10 News First.
The firm, Henry Davis York, which has now been merged with Norton Rose Fulbright, has donated $17,490.58 to the NSW Liberal Party since 2010.
While the firm has been successful in winning government contracts, listed as the third largest earner of taxpayer money, the treasurer said: "this firm is not on the Treasury procurement panel and even it were I would have no influence, these matters are handled at a departmental level."
A Norton Rose Fulbright spokesperson added:
"Our lawyers take their professional obligations seriously and understand that these override any personal or political affiliations."
It has been seized on by the Opposition, with less than two weeks until the state election, which polls show will be very tight.
"If you can't manage simple donations from a law firm he used to work for, then you've got to ask can he manage the country's largest budget?" shadow treasurer Ryan Park asked.