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Monday, 2 June 2003
Page: 15595

Ms GILLARD (3:08 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Workplace Relations and Employment representing the Special Minister of State and relates to the activities of a registered organisation under the Commonwealth Electoral Act. Is the minister aware that the New South Wales branch of the Liberal Party of Australia—a registered political party under the Commonwealth Electoral Act—received a donation of $19,450 from the Lebanese friends of Mr Ruddock for the 2001-02 disclosure year? In light of the New South Wales branch's failure to disclose a donation over $10,000, will the minister investigate to ensure that this donation of $19,450 is not made up of individual donations of over $1,500, which would be separately declarable under the Commonwealth Electoral Act?

Mr ABBOTT (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —Why would I or any other member of this parliament or minister in this parliament know about donations to the Liberal Party, because under the Liberal Party's rules these matters are entirely handled by the party organisation?

The SPEAKER —The member for Lalor has asked her question. I indicate for clarification that I allowed the question to stand in the capacity of the Minister representing the Special Minister of State.

Mr ABBOTT —I invite the member for Lalor or any other member opposite who has any evidence, as opposed to innuendo, to present that evidence to the Australian Electoral Commission and the commission will investigate it as it should and as it always does.