Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Questions without Notice
Special Minister of State
My question is to the Special Minister of State. On Thursday last week during question time the minister said:
I refer you to the findings of the full bench of the Federal Court, which dealt with all of the evidence put before it and found entirely that I acted appropriately.
I have read that judgement from beginning to end, including paragraphs 122 to 124—
Government members interjecting—
Just to help the honourable member, this is what the judgement of the Full Bench of the Federal Court says:
We are also of the opinion that there was no basis for the primary judge to conclude that Brough was part of any combination with anyone … to the commencement of these proceedings with the predominant purpose of damaging Slipper in the way alleged or at all.
The member for Grayndler!
Honourable members interjecting—
I made it clear in earlier answers that I am going to deal with interjections on questions where the opposition are seeking to follow up on previous answers. I need to hear the answer. If anyone interjects in the minister's answer I am going to eject them.
I conclude by continuing with the findings of the Full Bench of the Federal Court:
Despite Brough's hesitation at seeing Ashby he did so and referred him to Russell QC. There is absolutely nothing untoward about those matters.