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Thursday, 3 February 1994
Page: 340


Senator CAMPBELL —My question is directed to the Minister for Administrative Services. Has the hitherto unknown existence of an account known as Australian Labor Party B and B account—it sounds like Brian Burke—resulted in the Victorian ALP submitting incomplete financial disclosure returns to the Australian Electoral Commission, thereby breaching sections 314AC and AD of the Electoral Act, which state that a party's financial returns must list all sums in excess of $1,500 received by or paid on behalf of the party to a person or organisation? If so, what action has been taken against the Victorian Australian Labor Party?


Senator McMULLAN —I have seen the press reports that are the basis of Senator Campbell's question, as I am sure most honourable senators have. If there is a breach of any law, it will be the subject of report, either by the police investigation or the subsequent investigation. I can assure honourable senators that, if any of those indications suggest a breach of the Electoral Act, the Electoral Commission will not need my encouragement to pursue it. But, if it did need my encouragement, I would give it to it.