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JOHN HOWARD, M.P.

NEWS RELEASE MEMBER FOR BENNELONG SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING

SUN HERALD REPORT WRONG

The claim in the first paragraph of today's Sun Herald story (page 2) that I had contradicted the Leader of the Opposition about his openness on his personal tax arrangements is totally false.

Dr Hewson's tax affairs did not even arise in the two discussions I had with the Sun Herald reporter (Mr Tony Featherstone).

The only issue we discussed was that of consultancies.

It is outrageous that a report of those discussions should be represented as my having in some way said or implied that Dr Hewson had not been open about his tax affairs.

When Dr Hewson entered parliament in July 1987 he declared whatever consultancies he had on the Register of Members' Pecuniary Interests.

Whether or not he at the same time specifically raised those consultancies with me as the then Opposition Leader is immaterial.

As a backbench member of Parliament he was under no obligation to do so. In any event he had publicly declared those consultancies.

When I appointed him Shadow Minister for Finance in September 1988 he told me of some Directorships and we agreed he should surrender them.

On the 28 September 1988 he specifically disclosed this in a news release.

He also said he wanted to finish a consultancy which involved some overseas travel. I approved of this.

To my understanding Dr Hewson met all obligations of disclosure regarding his consultancies and business interests after he entered parliament.

31 January 1993

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