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Thursday, 1 November 2012
Page: 13001

Union Funds


Ms JULIE BISHOP (CurtinDeputy Leader of the Opposition) (15:04): My question is to the Prime Minister. I refer the Prime Minister to a statement on 20 September by former High Court Judge Michael Kirby which said:

… if a person is aware of a serious crime and doesn't report it to the police, that is what we call misprision of a felony; if there is a felony, you have to report it, it is a citizen's duty.

Why did not the Prime Minister herself report the fraud involving the Australian Workers Union Workplace Reform Association that she helped establish?


Ms GILLARD (LalorPrime Minister) (15:05): This question has been asked in the past. I refer the Deputy Leader of the Opposition to when I dealt with all of these issues extensively on the public record. By the time the matters she refers to came to my attention they were already the subject of inquiry and investigation.