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Thursday, 18 August 2011
Page: 8598

Member for Dobell

Mr KEENAN (Stirling) (14:38): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to her expressions of complete confidence in the member for Dobell. Has the Prime Minister made inquiries to satisfy herself that she has been provided with all of the information by the member for Dobell in relation to the monetary amount of the gift that he received from the New South Wales Labor Party?

Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (14:37): In response to the member's question, yes, of course I have had a conversation with the member for Dobell. As I expressed in the parliament yesterday I have full confidence in him. I will happily repeat that today: I have full confidence in the member for Dobell.

A declaration was made that is there and transparent. Yes, it is true that it was made late and, as I commented yesterday in this parliament and am happy to comment again, it is not the first late declaration that has ever been made in this parliament—but people should abide by the rules.

Mr KEENAN (Stirling) (14:38): Mr Speaker, I ask a supplementary question. When was the Prime Minister or her office first consulted about the proposal by the New South Wales Labor Party to make a monetary gift to the member for Dobell?

Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (14:38): Of course, there are assumptions drafted into that question, but I will put those to one side. It is not my intention in this parliament to comment on private discussions I had with the member for Dobell.

Mr Abbott interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! If the Leader of the Opposition does not want question time we can just go on to something else.