House debates

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Statements by Members

Member for Fadden

1:48 pm

Photo of Graham PerrettGraham Perrett (Moreton, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

Can you smell that stench wafting over here from the Liberals? The Helloworld saga is putrid. But, sadly, it's nothing new when it comes to the coalition. In fact, the member for Fadden has a track record that would make Fine Cotton blush. How could we forget the Rolex watch gift and being dumped from the ministry after it was revealed he had a financial interest in a company he spruiked while travelling on the taxpayer dime in China. He took his government phone on a trip to China where he met with communist officials, jeopardising our national security. He accepted donations from a developer, and then delivered in this chamber a speech written by a lobbyist for the same developer. His father was unaware for six years that he was a director of his son's company.    He called for billionaires to get a GST exemption for their luxury super yachts—speaking for the people.    ASIC is investigating his directorship of a company. The member for Fadden is involved in a new business council based in a Sydney office that has no staff and is connected to his fundraising arm, the famous—or infamous—Fadden Forum. He headlined a fundraiser about the banking royal commission. And who could forget that he is one of the largest investors in a resources exploration company founded by a person once accused of embezzling US$7 million.

There is a pattern to the behaviour on that side of the chamber. We've seen it with the member for Fadden—and we haven't heard the last of chumgate. (Time expired)