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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Page: 155

Senator DASTYARI (New South Wales) (09:31): by leave—During a television interview last night Senator Bernardi raised questions about a specific matter on my pecuniary interests register. Senator Bernardi requested that I make a statement to this chamber, and I accede to that request. On 12 October 2015 I updated my register of pecuniary interests to include:

Support for settlement of electorate staff travel budget …

The declaration related to the payment of a $1,670.82 bill. The payment was made by Top Education Pty Ltd and was disclosed on the register.

On reflection, I should have paid that amount myself. I take full responsibility, and I have donated that amount to charity. I thank the Senate for its indulgence and I thank Senator Bernardi for giving me the opportunity to clarify that.