House debates

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Questions without Notice

Day, Mr Bob, AO

2:41 pm

Photo of Bill ShortenBill Shorten (Maribyrnong, Australian Labor Party, Leader of the Opposition) Share this | | Hansard source

The Prime Minister has praised the action taken by his Special Minister of State in August 2016 to investigate Bob Day's eligibility to sit in the Senate. Given that the Special Minister of State relied upon the same information that his Minister for Finance had back in February 2016, why didn't the Minister for Finance take the same action back then that the Special Minister of State took in August 2016?

Photo of Malcolm TurnbullMalcolm Turnbull (Wentworth, Liberal Party, Prime Minister) Share this | | Hansard source

I thank the Leader of the Opposition for his question. I note—as I did yesterday and, I think, the day before—that the Minister for Finance has set out all of the circumstances, the reason for the actions that he took, in his comprehensive speech to the Senate. I refer the honourable member to it.