Member for Barron River Michael Trout continues to conduct business on behalf of himself and his family, despite his claims to be working for his constituents "full time".
Trout and his family have had tourism businesses in and around FNQ for years. This apparently hasn't been enough for at his two brothers, who have repeatedly been involved in serious drug dealing charges along with theft of construction machinery.
But recent meetings in and around Cairns continue to directly refute Trout's Public Interest Disclosure filing, required by the Queensland government for all MP's.
We have been provided with minutes from a Tropical Tablelands Tourism (ABN 50 010684241) committee meeting for the quarter ending September 2013. These minutes show clearly that Michael Trout as "Chairman and Special Interest Director", and his affiliated business as "Blazing Saddles".
Compare this official document with Trout's Disclosure Filing. In it, Trout does not report his Chairmanship of this tourism lobbying organisation, nor his continued affiliation with Blazing Saddles - a business that sits on land directly adjacent to the site optioned by David Fung & Family for their 8 Zillion Dollar Casino and Chinese Australian Residency Halfway program.
How much time is Trout continuing to spend on family and personal business while a full-time representative (supposedly) for the residents of Barron River? Is his unreported chairmanship of the Atherton and Tablelands Tourism corporation affecting his decisions to locate boot camps? And how is he directly affected by his continued public support of the Fung casino proposal even though details have not been shared yet with the public?
We consider this a serious and substantial abuse of his ministerial obligations. We call for an investigation into Mr. Trout's financial and business dealings (both reported and unreported), and call for Trout to step down from his seat as Member for Barron River.