Senate debates

Monday, 2 May 2016

Questions without Notice

Donations to Political Parties

2:48 pm

Photo of Arthur SinodinosArthur Sinodinos (NSW, Liberal Party, Cabinet Secretary) Share this | Hansard source

I was made aware the night before an article was to be put in the newspaper by Mr Sean Nicholls earlier this year, that there had been correspondence between the Liberal Party and the New South Wales Electoral Commission on this matter. I was not involved in any of the lead-up to that correspondence or in any of the decisions made by the division of the Liberal Party in New South Wales on this matter.

I was accorded the courtesy of being told that Sean Nicholls would run an article the next day about these processes being set in train in New South Wales, so I was not involved in any of the tactics, any of the strategy or anything to do with the process by which the New South Wales division was going to disclose any donations. You would have seen what was said subsequently by the Premier of New South Wales about the need for cooperation, and I agree with that. But I have not had any involvement in those processes.


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