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Wednesday, 9 November 2016
Page: 3351

Day, Mr Bob, AO

Mr SHORTEN (MaribyrnongLeader of the Opposition) (14:41): The Prime Minister has praised the action taken by his Special Minister of State in August 2016 to investigate Bob Day's eligibility to sit in the Senate. Given that the Special Minister of State relied upon the same information that his Minister for Finance had back in February 2016, why didn't the Minister for Finance take the same action back then that the Special Minister of State took in August 2016?

Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (14:41): I thank the Leader of the Opposition for his question. I note—as I did yesterday and, I think, the day before—that the Minister for Finance has set out all of the circumstances, the reason for the actions that he took, in his comprehensive speech to the Senate. I refer the honourable member to it.