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Macfarlane defends new mining role

AAP logoAAP 12/10/2016 Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer

Former federal minister Ian Macfarlane has defended his new role as the head of the Queensland Resources Council.

The Senate on Tuesday passed a Greens motion calling on all ministers to rule out meeting with the former resources minister until March 2017 when 18 months will have elapsed since he held the portfolio.

Mr Macfarlane, who retired from parliament in February, was in Canberra on Wednesday for meetings and the Minerals Council annual dinner.

He said he had not broken any code and was following a precedent set by former Labor ministers.

"I am not a lobbyist - I am the CEO of a representative organisation that ... has not been required to be registered as a lobbying organisation," he told Sky News.

"The precedent is, if you are not actually lobbying you are not breaking the code."

Under the federal ministerial ethics code, ex-ministers are required to undertake that for an 18 month period after ceasing in their role they will not "lobby, advocate or have business meetings with members of the government, parliament, public service or defence force on any matters on which they have had official dealings as minister in their last 18 months in office".

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