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Powerful Australian politician steps aside as a minister after losing historic no confidence vote

    • SA Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman, steps down
    • Ms Chapman received a ‘vote of no confidence’ last Thursday
    • Vote is a result of failed $40 million Kangaroo Island development application
    • Parliamentary committee recommended her suspension over conflict of interest

    By Australian Associated Press

    Published: 09:31 AEDT, 22 November 2021 | Updated: 09:58 AEDT, 22 November 2021

    South Australia‘s Deputy Premier and Attorney-General will temporarily stand aside from her roles after state parliament passed a vote of no confidence in her but maintains she has done nothing wrong and will not resign.

    Vickie Chapman has been engulfed by conflict-of-interest claims after a parliamentary inquiry last week found she had repeatedly misled parliament over a rejected Kangaroo Island development application.

    Ms Chapman told The Advertiser she’s standing aside to allow SA Ombudsman Wayne Lines to conduct an ‘independent’ investigation into her rejection in August of the application to build a timber port on the island.

    South Australia’s Deputy Premier and Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman (pictured), has stood aside from her positions during an independent investigation into conflict-of-interest claims.

    Ms Chapman’s family owns a rental property on the island near the rejected development and was accused of therefore having a conflict of interest when she made that decision.

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