Mal Brough may
be uncertain about the extent of his Indigenous heritage, but his
family ties to Western Australia's Aboriginal community could still
cause him a few headaches – if not provide a direct conflict of
interest – in his new role as Indigenous Affairs Minister.

Brough's
sister, Carol Stubbs, currently sits on three boards registered with
the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations, which is overseen by Brough's
new Department of Indigenous Affairs. And his brother-in-law is CEO of
an Aboriginal corporation that has been the subject of three separate
investigations over alleged financial irregularities.