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This is part nine of a series. You can find the full series here.

Back when Employment Minister Stuart Robert was a mere backbencher, having been exiled from the Turnbull ministry for a conflict of interest scandal, his parliamentary register of interests shows share trades in a junior mining company called Atlas Iron which appear to have delivered a windfall profit over a period of just five months.

On February 6, 2018, Robert took a personal stake in Atlas and soon picked up more shares through his family trust. At the time Atlas was a company in trouble and on the slide. Its profit margins were being squeezed because of lower benchmark prices for iron ore. Its shares were only 2.5 cents each when Robert bought in. But it turned out to be a canny investment. When he sold out in June, the value of Robert's personal shares had risen to 4.2 cents per share -- a near 80% rise.