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Wednesday, 25 June 2003
Page: 17494

Mr LAURIE FERGUSON (2:54 PM) —My question is directed to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. It follows the pattern of successful visa interventions following representations from Mr Kisrwani. Has the minister satisfied himself that Mr Kisrwani has not accepted a fee from Mr Dante Tan in return for successful representations he made which resulted in the reinstatement by the minister of Mr Tan's cancelled visa and the expediting of his citizenship? What investigations has the minister conducted into this matter since these issues were first raised?

Mr RUDDOCK (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation) —The fact is that I have studiously avoided any contact with Mr Kisrwani since these issues have been raised. I do not consider that it is incumbent upon me to undertake investigations of the sort that the member has alluded to.

Let me just make one point: the question itself is based upon assumptions which are clearly flawed. I have outlined fully to the House the circumstances in which I was involved in this matter, the fraud that I believe may have been perpetrated in relation to the citizenship issue and the instructions I have given that that issue should be addressed by the department. The assumption on which the question is based is flawed.