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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 2911

Day, Mr Bob, AO

Dr CHALMERS (Rankin) (14:01): My question is to the Minister representing the Special Minister of State. On 24 February 2014, the Department of Finance advised the Special Minister of State to reject former Senator Day's request to establish his taxpayer funded electorate office in a property he owned, saying:

Finance has concerns about how such a transaction might be perceived.

Why did the minister ignore this advice?

Mr MORRISON (CookTreasurer) (14:01): I thank the member for his question. These matters have been addressed in a full statement by the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate, the Minister for Finance, the honourable Mathias Cormann, and I am happy to table that statement for the benefit of the House.