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Thursday, 25 June 2009
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Mr TURNBULL (2:57 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to the Treasurer’s interview on AM this morning.

Government members interjecting—


The SPEAKER —Those on my right will remain silent.


Mr TURNBULL —I refer the Prime Minister to the Treasurer’s interview on AM this morning. After failing to name one car dealer other than John Grant who received a personal phone call from the Treasurer, he responded:

Well it’s not exactly the right question.

Can the Prime Minister confirm that the only way to have all the questions answered is to call a full judicial inquiry?


Mr RUDD (Prime Minister) —I am interested that the honourable member raises the question of inquiries. I am interested that the honourable member raises the question which therefore goes to what is happening with an AFP inquiry. It goes to the question of an undertaking that he gave across the chamber two days ago to the Minister for Finance and Deregulation that he would cooperate fully with the AFP investigation, yet I heard in the last 24 hours—I thought—the Leader of the Opposition saying he would not provide his computer records to this inquiry. I ask the Leader of the Opposition to reflect on that.

The government has in place an AFP inquiry. We have in place an Auditor-General’s inquiry. We believe these measures are sufficient. I say to the honourable member opposite that there are so many questions which now hang over his head concerning his dealings with this individual. It is time that he gave a full account of these matters.


Mr Hockey —Mr Speaker—


The SPEAKER —Has the Prime Minister concluded his answer?


Mr RUDD —Yes.