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Why a hung Parliament in 2019 could be good for NSW

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Another NSW minister was this week revealed to have stepped straight out of Parliament and into the private sector.

It emerged that Duncan Gay, the former roads minister, has taken up a part-time paid advisory role with MU Group, a consultancy that bids for state government contracts in the areas of transport and infrastructure.

When Fairfax Media spoke to Gay about the move, he was at pains to point out that he has done the right thing by following the rules, which stipulate he must first seek advice from the parliamentary ethics adviser.

This is true, as is the fact that the adviser, John Evans, found no impediment to Gay taking the job, despite his new employer holding Roads and Maritime Services contracts.

All he was reminded of was the requirement not to use state secrets he was privy to as minister to benefit his new employer.

Gay follows other former senior NSW government figures who have swiftly parlayed their time in power into lucrative private sector roles including Mike Baird (NAB) and Andrew Stoner (property........

© The Age