Minister Mark Bailey has played down disclosures he messaged a union boss “free lips sink ships” from a private email account.
Mr Bailey was under flame in 2017 for his utilization of his email@example.com private email address in 2017, which he erased, following reports the then-vitality serve was reached on the record by then-Electrical Trades Union state secretary Peter Simpson.
In any case, the Crime and Corruption Commission affirmed it would not arraign Mr Bailey for his utilization of the email record and cancellation of open records since they could be recovered.
After a Right to Information ask for, The Australian has detailed Mr Bailey and association supervisors utilized the email record to talk about modern relations matters, incorporating a compensation debate with Energex.
In light of an email from Mr Simpson that an Energy representative had charged the ETU had “paid off” Mr Bailey, he answered: “free lips sink ships”.
Mr Bailey additionally sent a CV, sent to him by Mr Simpson, to his head of staff.
Addressing correspondents on Thursday, Mr Bailey denied deceiving the Parliament a year ago when he said it was a “private email account that I utilized for private purposes”.
“Obviously not, surely not,” he said.
“This current issue’s been taken a gander at completely by the independent watchdog who investigated this issue, I’ve completely coordinated with that examination, they found no issue with the substance of my private email account in July a year ago.
“This is an old issue that has been well and really managed by the independent watchdog.”
Mr Bailey said any engagement of his office with Energex was to ensure government approach was being actualized.
“The specifics of the assention obviously was an issue for the gatherings themselves,” he said.
“At the point when individuals influence entries, to participate in campaigning, that is an issue for them, when they do that, I don’t have any control over that at all.”
Mr Bailey did not clarify what he implied by “free lips sink ships”.
“I’m not going to get into the intricate details of particular messages. They’ve all been taken a gander at by the CCC, the CCC has no issue to recognize as far as the substance,” he said.
Mr Bailey would not uncover whose CV Mr Simpson sent him, or whether that individual was given a job.
“I’m not going to get into singular messages,” he said.
“You can envision what number of messages does any individual get on any one day.”