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Monday, 2 December 2002
Page: 6838

Senator COONAN (Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer) (3:03 PM) —Mr President, in question time I was asked to clarify something in my senators' declaration of interests. I have had those sent over from my office, and I can confirm that the declaration of interests on 11 February correctly lists the purpose of my Woollahra residence as a residence—that is what it is. Subsequently, there has apparently been some typographical error, because I have never left there.

Opposition senators interjecting

Senator Faulkner —Are you still laughing, you complete fool, Senator Abetz?

Senator Abetz —At your questions I am, yes.

Senator Faulkner —You are a complete fool!

The PRESIDENT —Order! Senator Coonan is trying to make a statement. Would you please be quiet.

Senator COONAN —I take these declarations very seriously. I want to put it on record as soon as I possibly can that the earlier one, which I directed my mind to very carefully because it was part of my ministerial guidelines, correctly lists the property as residence. Subsequently, my PA has apparently transcribed it incorrectly in relation to a declaration dated 16 September. That is to correct the record.