Madden under fire for considering cousin’s development – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mr Madden says he was not aware of his cousin's association with the proposal.

Mr Madden says he was not aware of his cousin’s association with the proposal. (ABC TV)

It has been revealed Victorian Planning Minister Justin Madden did not disqualify himself from deciding whether to fast-track a development proposal involving a close relative.

Mr Madden was examining whether to fast-track several industrial areas in Warrnambool, one of which his first cousin wanted to develop.

Local residents are opposed to the proposal.

The revelation has placed Mr Madden under renewed pressure, with Opposition planning spokesman Matthew Guy saying he should have disqualified himself and should now resign.

“When the Minister signs on a council recommendation to fast-track his own cousin’s development re-zoning, that is a conflict of interest,” he said.

“If Justin Madden doesn’t understand this, he should not be in the position of Planning Minister.”

In a statement, Mr Madden says he was not aware of his cousin’s association with the proposal.

He says he has rejected the fast-tracking application and will delegate any future decisions on the matter to the secretary of the planning department.

ABC Radio Melbourne

Talkback: Jon Faine ABC 774 Mornings 14-Apr’08

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