Statement from Hon John Banks re: Talent2
Statement from Hon John Banks re:
The Hon John Banks Family Trust has
not held shares in Talent2 International Limited since 28
May 2012 when Talent2 moved to privatise the company and
de-list from the Australian stock exchange. Mr Banks
advised the Cabinet Office of the sale of his Family
Trust’s shares on 29 May 2012.
Mr Banks became a
shareholder in Talent2 as a result of Talent2’s
acquisition of Sugar International Limited which the Hon
John Banks’ Family Trust held shares in.
declared his Family Trust’s shareholding in Talent2 to the
Cabinet Office when he first became a Minister. He has
never received any government information or briefings
regarding Talent2 (or any company they are connected to), or
participated in any discussions at either Cabinet or Cabinet
The issue of the pay system is outside Mr
Banks' responsibilities as Associate Minister of Education,
and the Novopay contract was signed off in September 2008 by
the previous Labour Government.
Note: Andrew Banks,
Chairman of Talent2, is not related to Hon John
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters. They’ve been asked to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music. Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens.
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