Communications Minister Michelle Rowland has been urged to resign following reports she accepted donations from a gambling company ahead of the federal election.
In new revelations, Sportsbet paid $8960 for a dinner to support Ms Rowland's election campaign in March, and made another donation of $10,000 in the days before the May poll (SMH).
The Greens and independent MP Andrew Wilkie described Rowland’s position in charge of a portfolio part responsible for online gambling policy as “untenable”.
Wilkie, who has spent much of his career lobbying against gambling firms, added that Rowland had accepted tickets from Tabcorp to the Melbourne Cup and a rugby match since becoming minister.
“If the prime minister is fair dinkum about restoring integrity in this place, and I believe he is … then he will act decisively to dismiss the communications minister if she doesn’t have the honour to resign herself,” said Wilkie.
Government leader of the house Tony Burke told parliament there was no evidence Rowland had favoured wagering firms in her decision-making and she had, in fact, done the opposite by leading the government’s harm-minimisation agenda in the face of industry lobbying.