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Tuesday, 3 June 2003
Page: 15754

Mr LAURIE FERGUSON (3:11 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations representing the Minister of State and it relates to activities of registered organisations under the Commonwealth Electoral Act. It follows from the earlier question to the minister. Is the minister aware that a Mr Dante Tan, formerly known as Shaoghi Chen, submitted a funding return to the AEC on 18 December 2002 indicating that his $10,000 donation was made directly to the Liberal Party's Berowra campaign? Can the minister confirm that the address to which Mr Tan told the AEC he sent the donation—PO Box 1866, Hornsby Northgate Shopping Centre—is the postal address of the minister for immigration's Berowra electoral office?

Mr ABBOTT (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —In response to the member for Reid, let me say that I am not specifically aware of the matters in question. But if the member for Reid believes that something improper has been done, if he believes that there has been some irregularity, he should report it to the Electoral Commission and the Electoral Commission will investigate it. The Electoral Commission is investigating a number of Filipino donations to political parties, including one to the New South Wales Labor Party for $25,000.

Mr Laurie Ferguson —Mr Speaker, I seek leave to table Mr Tan's return.

Leave granted.