An LNP frontbencher has apologised to Parliament for failing to "fully" update his members register of interests after being appointed as a director of his son's company.
Stephen Bennett, the state member for Burnett, said he had submitted an update on Thursday as part of the now months-long efforts.
LNP member for Burnett, Stephen Bennett.
Mr Bennett told Parliament he first updated the details in March after being appointed as a director of James Bennett Property Pty Ltd and beneficiary of the Bennett Family Trust.
That move was part of an effort to help his son's small business and go guarantor on a loan, he earlier told News Corp. The trust reportedly purchased a Bundaberg commercial property a month prior.
"Since February this year I have been liaising with the registrar to ensure that I have properly updated the register following my appointment," Mr Bennett said.
He said the registrar then contacted him to seek "further advice and particulars" around the declaration and there were "numerous communications" which followed.
"I responded to the registrar with further particulars and submitted an amended declaration in July 2020," Mr Bennett said. "That amended declaration was publicly available."
The members register of interests as of July 10 lists Mr Bennett's director and beneficiary roles but features only a 500 square-metre "principal residence" in Bundaberg under property interests.
Property records show another Bundaberg commercial site is owned by James Bennett Property Pty Ltd, with a real estate listing boasting $26,321 annual returns stating it was sold in February.
"Following further advice from the registrar, I have today submitted a further update to the register to ensure that everything has been fully disclosed," Mr Bennett continued.
"So I apologise to the House that I did not complete this strictly within the time limits that I was wanting to ensure that the declaration was correct, considering that the registrar had already requested further particulars from me."