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Monday, 7 November 2016
Page: 2914

Day, Mr Bob, AO

Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:10): My question is to the Prime Minister. Is the Prime Minister satisfied that the government's handling of Bob Day's electorate office in 2014 was appropriate?

Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:10): All of the facts and circumstances relating to former Senator Day's electorate office have been set out in comprehensive detail in the speech from Senator Cormann and, I would add, also in the speech from Senator Ryan, the Special Minister of State. The circumstances of 2014 are not matters that I have any personal knowledge of. They were matters handled by the then Special Minister of State, Senator Ronaldson. The important thing to recognise is that when the issues relating to Senator Day's office came to the knowledge of Senator Ryan, the facts were thoroughly investigated, advice was dutifully and diligently sought, and the actions that followed, including providing those conclusions to the President of the Senate, were carried out. I am satisfied that my government has conducted itself with respect to this matter with great diligence, integrity and thoroughness.