House debates

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Questions without Notice

Liberal Party

3:17 pm

Photo of Bob McMullanBob McMullan (Fraser, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Federal/State Relations) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to his comment last Thursday that neither the Lodge nor Kirribilli House were ever ‘made available to the Liberal Party’. What was the official purpose of the Young Liberals reception at the Lodge on 18 October 2006? Will the Prime Minister inform the parliament how many other functions or fundraisers have been held at Kirribilli or the Lodge for the Liberal Party?

Photo of John HowardJohn Howard (Bennelong, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

My position is that no fundraisers have been conducted at either residence. That is my position. It remains my position, and it is borne out by the fact that what the Labor Party seems to be asserting is that the Prime Minister of the day—no matter what party that person belongs to—can never invite members or office-bearers of his or her party to an official residence. That is an absurd proposition.