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Statement by the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Robert Hill, on the resignation of Mr Brian Burke



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR ROBERT HILL LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Monday, April 29 Canberra 35/91

STATEMENT BY THE SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS. SENATOR ROBERT HILLĀ·. ON THE RESIGNATION OF MR BRIAN BURKE

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Senator Evans, is still failing to appreciate his responsibilities on the Brian Burke issue.

Mr Burke should stand down now as Ambassador because his conduct is the subject of investigation by the WA Inc Royal Commission.

The paramount consideration is the protection of the office of Ambassador and of the national interest.

Yet, it seems Mr Burke, with the support of Senator Evans, will be appearing before the Royal Commission as Australia's Ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See.

Senator Evans would act differently in the case of any other Ambassador. He could not allow the standing of Australia to be put at risk.

While it seems Australia's interests are to be taken account of after July 31, the fact that Mr Burke is being treated

differently in the meantime is just another demonstration of a special Labor relationship.

Senator Evans is still not meeting his Ministerial

responsibilities in this matter.

He should not permit Mr Burke to take the witness stand as an Australian Ambassador.

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Enquiries: Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170 %

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