House debates

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Member for Dickson

2:38 pm

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

My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer to the Prime Minister's previous answer. Has the Prime Minister read the advice that the member for Dickson says he's relying upon? Is it as strong as the advice which said that the member for New England was eligible? And why hasn't he sought the independent advice of the Solicitor-General?

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

I thank the honourable member for his question. I have not seen the advice of the member for Dickson. He's confirmed to me that he has legal advice, but I have not seen it. I have not been provided with a copy of it. As far as the Solicitor-General is concerned, the matter has only arisen in very recent times. I'm not in possession of all of the facts relating to the arrangements between the childcare centre and the member for Dickson's trust, but it is an issue of the eligibility for the member for Dickson. He has legal advice, but, as I said, I've not read it.