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Wednesday, 13 June 2007
Page: 82

Mr RUDD (3:02 PM) —My question is again directed to the Prime Minister and refers to his answer to the three previous questions. I refer the Prime Minister to section 5 of his own ministerial code of conduct, which provides that:

Official facilities should be used for official purposes.

Is the Prime Minister aware that his code also provides that ministers must never abuse the privileges which undoubtedly are attached to ministerial office? Didn’t the Prime Minister breach his own code of conduct by gifting Kirribilli to the Liberal Party for a fund raising function?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —The answer is no, because the allegation made by the Leader of the Opposition is wrong. It was not gifted to the Liberal Party. It was hospitality provided by me on conditions and in circumstances advised by my department as being entirely appropriate.

Ms Macklin interjecting

The SPEAKER —Order! The member for Jagajaga!

Ms Macklin interjecting

The SPEAKER —Order! The member for Jagajaga is warned.