Government failure to act on Ray Stevens’ clear conflict of interest could have significant self-inflicted consequences

MERMAID Ray, aka the Cable Guy, is taking us all for a ride.

The Gold Coast MP, whose real name is Ray Stevens, may think he has a right to moonlight as a consultant and investor on a $100 million cable-car project.

He may also believe he’s assuaged public opinion by promising to place himself at arm’s length from any of the project’s interactions with the Newman Government.

However, potential conflict of interest cases like Stevens’ are always about perception. In all ways you look at the scenario of a senior government member being involved in a project reliant on government decisions, the perception is abysmal.

The Government’s failure to fathom this at the earliest opportunity could have significant self-inflicted consequences.

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