Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to her statement yesterday and to this statutory declaration of former AWU employee Wayne Hem sworn on 11 November this year that, in 1995, he was handed $5,000 in cash by Bruce Wilson, who instructed him to deposit that cash in the Prime Minister's bank account, and he did. What steps did the Prime Minister take to establish the source of those funds?
Let me refer the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to where I have dealt with this publicly and take her through this matter just so that she is not misleading the parliament. I dealt with this publicly yesterday. I refer the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to dealing with it publicly. There is a media report today of what I said yesterday and that media report is incorrect. I said yesterday: 'I do not, to the best of my knowledge—I do not remember $5,000 being put in my bank account.' I then went on to explain how my normal experience across my working life of going to the ATM and checking my balance is that you are more likely to get a surprise on the downside rather than the upside. But I had taken steps, because I did want to be in a position, if possible, to produce my bank records, because I thought this matter was likely to be raised. I am not in a position to produce my bank records, simply because the Commonwealth Bank does not retain bank records from 17 years ago.
No, I table 'Ex-Hanson adviser John Pasquarelli drafted union man's fraud allegations' from the Australian. Perhaps if the Leader of the Opposition wants to ask a supplementary we will give you a bonus.