I took that step because I accept that my failure to declare my membership to certain sports shooting clubs in a timely manner constituted a breach of the ministerial standards and that is something I take very, very seriously.
I do not accept that those memberships were a conflict of interest, I received no personal benefit, they did not inform my decision making at all.
I am very proud of a program by this government to fund 684 local sports clubs around the country to get Australians more active, and it was a good thing.
The Prime Minister and Cabinet’s report confirms that ministerial discretion was exercised in an appropriate manner, that there was no political bias in my decision making.
It’s been an immense honour and privilege to have served the Australian people as a National party minister in two Coalition governments.
To have been part of a leadership team that delivered a surprising and iconic victory last May, and an immense honour to be our nation’s very first female agriculture minister.
A lot of unfinished work there and I hope I won’t be the last. Nearly a decade ago I came into the Senate to serve the needs and interests of rural and regional Australians, to champion them, in parliament, and to make a difference to their life. I plan to continue to do that.