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Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Page: 12537

Member for Fisher

Mr PYNE (SturtManager of Opposition Business) (14:13): My question is to the Attorney-General. I remind the Attorney-General of her statement on 15 June:

We aren't bringing a strike-out application; Mr Slipper is.

Given that the member for Isaacs, the Prime Minister's parliamentary secretary and Queen's Counsel, stated:

… the Commonwealth of Australia is bringing an application to the Federal Court to strike out this case …

Why did she make this brazenly false statement?

Ms ROXON (GellibrandAttorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management) (14:14): As much respect as I have for the member for Isaacs and his status as Queen's Counsel, unfortunately, if that was the statement that was made, it was wrong. A strike out application was not made by the Commonwealth, as was—

Honourable members interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! Is there interest in the answer or not? It is question No. 1.

Ms ROXON: This matter can clearly be clarified if anybody would like to check the Federal Court file, which is available online. It can be clarified if anyone would like to check Hansard, as it was confirmed in Senate estimates. And I understand from my colleague that, if you actually read the context of the comments made by the member for Isaacs, it will be clear that, as we have always said, an abuse of process application was made, but not a strike out application. That information is all there, available to see, and is incontrovertible.