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Thursday, 27 June 2013
Page: 7291

Mr HOCKEY (North Sydney) (15:23): I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the member for North Sydney claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr HOCKEY: I do.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr HOCKEY: In his preliminary valedictory speech the member for Fisher said:

I do recall that Mr Palmer mentioned to me at that time that about Easter last year Mr Brough, accompanied by the member for North Sydney, came to see Mr Palmer to ask him to fund James Ashby's legal fees with respect to the litigation that most people listening would be aware of.

That is patently untrue. I have never met Mr Ashby. I did not know of Mr Ashby. The matter was never raised over a cup of coffee that I had with Mr Palmer, which has been widely reported. The matter was never raised in relation to that entire affair. I note that Mr Palmer's spokesman has just said, 'Clive has denied this about a thousand times.' I ask that the member for Fisher correct the record.