Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to her statement yesterday on the misuse of AWU funds and to the statutory declaration of former AWU Victoria president Bob Kernohan in 2010 that:
Can the Prime Minister guarantee that no funds from any union— (Time expired)
Given the expiry of the time, I am not actually sure if the Deputy Leader of the Opposition asked a question, but let me endeavour to answer it. I will start by making the observation that yesterday the Leader of the Opposition thought he could sit in this parliament with a cloak of invisibility around him. What was visible to every member of the Australian public was his dirt file. Here we are again today with the dirt file—
Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. The Prime Minister was asked whether she could guarantee no AWU slush funds were used for her home renovations. She needs to answer that question.
As we see the opposition move files around the chamber, let us just remind ourselves that yesterday the Leader of the Opposition, despite his silence, brought his dirt file to the chamber. Here we are today dealing with the opposition's dirt file. We are dealing with the opposition's dirt file because this is a man who has no policies for the nation's future and so he is filling the vacuum with sleaze and smear.
Opposition members interjecting—
On the Deputy Leader of the Opposition's question, I have answered this on a number of occasions. I answered it as early as 1995, and no amount of yelling from the opposition changes that fact. In 1995 I dealt with allegations about renovations on my property. I dealt with them again in 2001. I dealt with them again in 2006. I dealt with them again in 2007 after the Liberal Party shopped around a dirt file on me. I have dealt with them on multiple occasions over the course of this year. I say to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition: check the transcript from yesterday. I stand by that transcript and what I said about my renovations. I stand by the transcript of my press conference in August. I have dealt with these allegations time and time again. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition knows that and ought to check the now very available public record.