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Wednesday, 6 June 2001
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Mr BEAZLEY (3:14 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister, and it follows the question that was asked a moment ago from this side. Prime Minister, if you establish that bonuses were paid to the directors of National Textiles, will you apply the same standard to the National Textiles directors as you have to the directors of One.Tel? If not, won't this be seen as further special treatment for the directors of National Textiles?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I will analyse what was in that article, and other matters, and when I have done that, if there is anything further I have to say, I will. I would like to make a couple of observations about the directors of National Textiles. It is well known in this place that the chairman of that company is my brother. I have never sought to hide that fact. He is a person of impeccable commercial and personal integrity, and I am immensely proud of the contribution he has made in a professional way and of my very close association with him. I think it is highly regrettable that, because he is my brother, his business affairs are traduced and trawled over in a quite disgraceful way by the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr SPEAKER —The member for Corio is warned.

Mr HOWARD —I might remind the Leader of the Opposition that all of the directors of that company were subject to an ASIC investigation, and the investigation said that there was no impropriety. You ought to have acknowledged that in your question.