Arthur Sinodinos AO (born 25 February 1957 in Newcastle, New South Wales), an Australian politician, is a Liberal member of the Senate representing New South Wales since 2011. Sinodinos was the Assistant Treasurer in the Abbott Ministry. He stepped aside from his ministerial duties during an investigation by the New South Wales Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), although he still formally held the position until he officially resigned on 19 December 2014. Prior to his appointment to the Senate, he was a senior public servant and investment banker. He re-entered Cabinet as its Secretary on 21 September 2015 when he was appointed by Malcolm Turnbull.

There is much I do not like about Arthur.. Sinodinos shocked me out of my apathy.. Arthur should have expected repercussions. More to follow..


2016-05-25 Arthur Sinodinos

Arthur Sinodinos under renewed pressure over Liberal donations scandal

March 24, 2016 by Sean Nicholls, Michael Koziol

Under pressure cabinet secretary Arthur Sinodinos has publicly lashed out at the NSW Electoral Commission over a political donations scandal, branding as “flawed” its report into the illegal funnelling of donations to the state Liberal Party.

As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull came under pressure to stand down his cabinet secretary, Senator Sinodinos said his lawyers had demanded it “immediately retract all references to me in the publication”.

“The fact is the party must comply with the law. If the law has not been complied with they should fess up, set all the facts out on the table and let the cards fall where they may.”

The scandal pitted Premier Mike Baird against his own party office on Thursday, after he called on it to “cop it on the chin” and accede to the commission’s demand for it to disclose who donated $693,000 via the controversial Free Enterprise Foundation before the 2011 state election.

Mr Baird said he had spoken to NSW Liberal state director Chris Stone and told him the Liberal Party “should comply”.

“It’s very clear that it looks like we have done the wrong thing, so we have to cop it on the chin, and we need to get on with it,” he said.

Later, Mr Stone said he had written to the electoral commission “seeking their assistance in resolving any areas of uncertainty about the legal status of donors in the 2010/2011 period so as to comply with our obligations.”

However, it remains unclear if the party will agree to disclose the names of the donors as the commission has demanded.

Mr Stone said the NSW party had been waiting for the Independent Commission Against Corruption to deliver its findings in Operation Spicer during which the donations issue came to light.


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