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Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Page: 3341


Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:06): My question is to the Prime Minister. On 19 October the Prime Minister defended the Attorney-General's 37 new appointments to the AAT saying, 'I have no doubt that all the persons appointed were excellently qualified.' Given there was no merits based selection process, no advice from the department, no advertising of positions, simply hand-picked by the Attorney-General, what exactly were the excellent qualifications that justified these people receiving jobs paying up to $370,000 a year?

Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:06): I am glad that the honourable member is interested in the appointment of those individuals. I will take the question on notice and make sure he receives an answer in respect of their respective qualifications.