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Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Page: 5014

Mrs MIRABELLA (Indi) (15:15): Madam Deputy Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Does the member for Indi claim to have been misrepresented?

Mrs MIRABELLA: Madam Deputy Speaker, yes, I do.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Indi has the call and will be heard in silence.

Mrs MIRABELLA: In some online media reports this afternoon it was stated that I was trustee of the estate of the late Dr Colin Howard QC, that I had failed to make disclosure, and that somehow this was going to lead to tit for tat. I think it was in the online Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Albanese interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of the House does not have the call. It is a personal explanation and the member for Indi will be heard in silence.

Mrs MIRABELLA: The first paragraph of the explanatory notes in the Register of Members' Interests says:

The purpose of the Register of Members' Interests is to place on the public record Members' interests which may conflict, or may be seen to conflict, with their public duty.

Firstly, as the estate remains in administration, I am executor and not trustee. Secondly, it is no secret that I was named executor of the said estate. It was, after all, on the front pages of the newspapers and easily accessible on the Supreme Court Registry. Thirdly, the rules are silent about the matters that need to be added to the register. I have been advised by the Clerk of the House of Representatives that the notes do not specify what date or event triggers the 28-day period within which notifications need to be made—that is, whether or not that would be on the granting of probate or an earlier or later date.

So the matter of when the 28 days is triggered should be clarified for all members.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Indi needs to state where she has been misrepresented.

Mrs MIRABELLA: In any event, if there has been an inadvertent omission, it was obviously not a deliberate or knowing omission. The pitiable attempt by the member for Grayndler to suggest some kind of moral equivalence with Labor scandal will attract the scorn it deserves.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Indi will resume her seat.