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Thursday, 16 May 2013
Page: 3458

Ms ROXON (Gellibrand) (10:47): I present the report from the Committee of Privileges and Members' Interests concerning an application from Mr Matthew Joyce for the publication of a response to a reference made in the House of Representatives and I ask leave of the House to move that the report be agreed to.

Leave granted.

Ms ROXON: I move:

That the report be agreed to.

I seek leave to make a short statement in connection with the report.

Leave granted.

Ms ROXON: The report I have presented concerns an application from one person for the publication of a response to references made about them in the House. The committee has recommended to the House that a response in the terms included in the report be incorporated in Hansard. In recommending that the response be incorporated in Hansard, the committee emphasises that, as required by the right of reply resolution, it has not considered or judged the truth of any statements made by the member in the House or by the person seeking a response.

The document read as follows—

Response by Mr Matthew Joyce to remarks made by the Member for Fadden

On 11 October 2012, the Member for Fadden, Mr Stuart Robert MP, made a speech in the House of Representatives concerning the role of Sunland Group Limited (Sunland) in a land transaction in Dubai in 2007, a transaction which is the subject of both an Australian civil proceeding and a criminal proceeding in Dubai involving me.

The speech by Mr Robert MP contains a number of statements that are misleading, inaccurate and contrary to the findings made in a judgment handed down in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

I reject the specific statements that Mr Robert made in relation to me.

Question agreed to.