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Wednesday, 25 June 2003
Page: 17499


Ms GILLARD (3:21 PM) —My question is directed to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. I refer to events that followed his 60th birthday lunch this year, attended by his friend Mr Karim Kisrwani, at Rimal Restaurant in Brighton-Le-Sands. Can the minister confirm that, following this lunch, he instructed a member of his office to meet with the people whose immigration matters had been raised at the lunch at the meeting hall of the Lebanese Christian community in Punchbowl, and that this meeting occurred about a week after the lunch? How many of these 25 matters have been resolved successfully?


Mr RUDDOCK (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation) —Quite frankly, I have no recollection of those matters. I will make some inquiries and find out. It would not be unusual for me to ask my office in relation to matters that have been raised with me to follow those matters up with those who make inquiries.


Mr Zahra —You said they were not raised with you.


Mr RUDDOCK —I am simply saying that I do not recall any matters being raised with me and I do not recall such a meeting being requested, but I will check with my staff to find out whether any such meeting occurred.