Energy Minister and Sunshine Coast MP Mark McArdle
Energy Minister and Sunshine Coast MP Mark McArdle Tony Phillips

McArdle did not declare fundraiser at energy company

QUEENSLAND Energy Minister Mark McArdle held a Liberal National Party fundraiser at the offices of one of the nation's largest energy companies, but did not declare it in his ministerial diary.

The 2013 event was held in the boardroom of ERM Power, one of many meetings between the minister, the energy company and lobbying firm SAS Group, according to documents seen by Fairfax Media.

A spokesman for the Sunshine Coast MP said the minister always complied with the reporting obligations set down by Premier Campbell Newman's demand for the most transparent and accountable administraton in Queensland's history, but the boardroom fundraiser did not fall into the category of a reportable event.

"Fundraising is carried out by the party organisation in strict compliance with state and federal laws," the statement says.

A spokesman for ERM Power said political fundraising was a "legitimate exercise of the freedom of political association and expression".

Mark McArdle's response to Fairfax questions

ERM Power's response

Lobbying firm SAS group's response

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