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AIRBNB and STAYZ WASTE NO TIME – NEW ROUND OF MINISTERIAL MEETINGS

Our new State Ministry was recently sworn in. Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation Kevin Anderson had both Stayz and Airbnb in his Office in May/June, while Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres accommodated Airbnb. In the Australian Federal Parliament, an ‘Orange Pass’ allows third party lobbyists and others to walk unescorted around the corridors of Parliament House. “Any lobbyist worth their salt will have one of about 1,000 passes”. The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet has to date failed to clarify whether such passes allow lobbyists and former Ministerial Staff Members/now Airbnb hacks to access NSW Ministers without the need to list meetings on the NSW State Parliament’s Lobb

ICAC – JAMIE PARKER MP, WILL YOU?

In 2015 Greens MP Jamie Parker called for a Parliamentary Inquiry into the adequacy of legislation covering the short-term rental of residential dwellings in NSW. City of Sydney’s Roy Cotton told Inquiry Members: “our City of Sydney is focusing on making sure we are looking after vulnerable people, making people safe and doing what we can as a council to ensure that that type of illegal accommodation is not in our area”. Mr Cotton added that Council “must investigate breaches when a dwelling is rented out on a temporary basis on Airbnb…” In reply, Parliamentary Committee Member Jamie Parker noted that, as with Randwick and Sydney City Councils by way of clear examples: “…the development c

HOW EXACTLY DOES ONE FORGET TO DECLARE ONE’S INTERESTS?

In July 2015, Legal Counsel for the Department of Premier and Cabinet wrote: “The Independent Commission Against Corruption (the ICAC) has been established specifically to deal with allegations of corruption involving public authorities or public officials. The Code of Conduct for Ministers of the Crown has been prescribed as an applicable Code of Conduct for the purposes of the ICAC Act. If you have any evidence of corruption you should bring the material to the ICAC’s attention.” Having failed to declare ownership of short-term rental properties and/or income from this activity, Members of the NSW Parliament were referred to the ICAC. It is understood they were subsequently reminded to m

KIA ORA TO “THE BARONESS OF STRATHFIELD” - THE NEWLY ELECTED NSW OPPOSITION LEADER

We have a new Sate Opposition Leader, Jodi McKay MP, who, in this video clip, is referred to by her parliamentary colleagues as The Baroness of Strathfield. The Baroness has her Airbnb – Kia Ora Lookout Retreat - promoted by the State Government’s tourism branch plus some 75 other booking platforms. Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s $5 million short-term rental is still doing well and receiving publicity from local media fans. The failure of the NSW State Government’s official arm, Destination NSW, along with numerous State MPs, to disclose their direct connections with Airbnb, Expedia/Stayz and others during a Parliamentary Inquiry and review into the Adequacy of regulation of short-term holid

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