House debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Member for Dickson

2:13 pm

Photo of Mark DreyfusMark Dreyfus (Isaacs, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Attorney General) Share this | | Hansard source

My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to reports that the childcare centres owned by the member for Dickson's trust received over $5 million in public money. Given that having a financial interest with the Commonwealth potentially disqualifies the member for Dickson from sitting in the parliament, under section 44 of the Constitution, when did the Prime Minister seek advice from the Solicitor-General on whether the member is legally qualified to sit in this parliament, and will he now release that advice?

2:14 pm

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

Again, you'll understand on matters of this kind I take particular care. I will take that on notice and respond later in question time.