Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to her statement in August as to whether she received any benefit from Town Mode in 1994:
… an allegation was made that I had received clothing from a business known as Town Mode. That allegation is untrue.
Did the Prime Minister receive any other benefit from Town Mode or any related entity?
Dear me, we are down at the bottom of the barrel now, aren't we? We are down at the bottom of the barrel. These allegations are untrue. They have always been untrue. They have been known to be untrue for decades. Here is the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, in line with the Leader of the Opposition's strategy, down at the bottom of the mud basket now, desperately picking through, desperately scraping at the bottom of the mud. And why is she doing that? Because we have seen the opposition, through the deputy leader, across days in parliament come in and mislead this parliament. I made clear yesterday the misleading of this parliament by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition—
Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. If the Prime Minister expects to say that the deputy leader has misled the parliament, she must do so by substantive motion. She did it yesterday on numerous occasions and I would ask you to ask her to desist from doing so.
I made clear to the parliament yesterday the way in which the deputy leader misled the parliament. It is a matter for her as to whether or not she apologises to this House and to the Australian people for misleading them. Since then, of course, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition has gone out to do a number of interviews where the misleading has just got worse and worse and the allegations more and more wild. But the Deputy Leader of the Opposition confessed during those interviews to being in the company of Ralph Blewitt last Friday. She has had her own Godwin Grech moment—
Honourable members interjecting—
Order! The Prime Minister will resume her seat. The minister for trade may find he is handcuffed himself very soon as well.
Opposition members interjecting—
The member for Indi! I was going to laugh. I was going to say something that was highly inappropriate at this point in time, so I have stopped myself. Anyway, it was unwarranted. The Prime Minister has the call and will return to the question before us.
I ask a supplementary question. I refer the Prime Minister to her answer and to the affidavit of Ian Cambridge that states $17,000 from an account called AWU Members Welfare Association was paid to Town Mode, which is the trading name for Kew Renovators Pty Ltd, by Bruce Wilson. Can the Prime Minister rule out that these payments were for her home renovations?