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Thursday, 11 September 2003
Page: 19893


Ms ROXON (3:00 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs. It refers to reports in today's Sydney Morning Herald that his friend Mr Kisrwani was involved with the sale of a Sydney college for overseas students which lost its licence last month and collapsed with a million dollars of debt. Can the minister confirm whether the convicted embezzler, Mr Nabil Nasr, also referred to in the story, is the same Mr Nabil Nasr that appears on Mr Kisrwani's Australian Electoral Commission return as having made a donation of $1,000 to the Liberal Party?


Mr RUDDOCK (Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Reconciliation) —The short answer is that I saw the report in the newspaper this morning. I have no personal knowledge of the matters raised in that article other than the matters that were referred to, and I gained that from reading the article. In relation to the information declared on the party's return, I have not inspected the party's return. I take it that the member has provided the information accurately, and I will have a look at it.