Coalition-controlled committee criticises Billson for taking job at Franchise Council of Australia before leaving parliament

The former Liberal minister Bruce Billson should be censured for failing to declare he was employed and paid by a business lobby group before he quit parliament, the privileges committee has found.

In a report tabled on Monday, the Coalition-controlled committee criticised the former small business minister for ignoring “the primacy of the public interest” in taking and failing to disclose paid lobbying work because he “misunderstood” his obligations.

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