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Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Page: 3392


Senator Cormann asked the Minister representing the Prime Minister, upon notice, on 5 February 2010:

(1)   On how many occasions has the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, associated parliamentary secretaries and any departmental officials:

(a)   met directly with representatives of Hawker Britton; and/or

(b)   attended meetings that were also attended by representatives of Hawker Britton.

(2)   For each abovementioned meeting:

(a)   what was the date;

(b)   what was the topic of discussion; and

(c)   which Hawker Britton representatives were present.


Senator Chris Evans (Minister for Immigration and Citizenship) —The Prime Minister has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

(1)   and (2) The Prime Minister’s diary records the following details of his meetings with representatives of Hawker Britton.

Date

Hawker Britton representative

06/08/2008

Bruce Hawker

29/01/2010

Bruce Hawker

Mr Hawker has been a personal friend of the Prime Minister for 20 years. I am advised that the meetings recorded in his diary were private meetings, which Mr Hawker attended in his personal capacity as distinct from attending in his capacity as a lobbyist on behalf of a third party. I am advised that the diary of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister records the following details of his meetings with representatives of Hawker Britton.

Date

Hawker Britton representative(s)

26/02/09

Peter Khalil

11/03/09

Peter Khalil

30/04/09

Eamonn Fitzpatrick,Peter Khalil

14/05/09

Bruce Hawker, Peter Khalil

12/08/09

Simon Banks, Peter Khalil

28/11/09

Bruce Hawker

I am advised that Sinogold Mining Ltd were in attendance at the meeting held on 11/03/09 and discussed their gold mining projects in China. I am advised that the other details recorded in the Parliamentary Secretary’s diary relate to a combination of social functions, at which representatives of Hawker Britton were also present, and private meetings which representatives of Hawker Britton attended in their personal capacity and at which lobbying activites were not undertaken. Questions about meetings between the Deputy Prime Minister and representatives of Hawker Britton should be directed to Ministers Carr or Arbib as the ministers representing the Deputy Prime Minister in the Senate. I am advised that responding to parts of this question relating to departmental officials would involve an unreasonable diversion of government resources, as this would require the examination of a large number of meeting and diary records. It would require all departmental officials to review calendar and diary entries since December 2007.