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Monday, 12 October 2015
Page: 7303

Australian Water Holdings


Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (14:56): My question is to the Cabinet Secretary, Senator Sinodinos. I refer to the minister's public statement on 21 September 2015 that he is confident he will not be the subject of any 'adverse findings' following the Independent Commission Against Corruption investigation into Australian Water Holdings known as 'Operation Credo'. Has the minister provided an assurance to the Prime Minister that he will not be the subject of adverse findings by the Independent Commission Against Corruption?


Senator SINODINOS (New South WalesCabinet Secretary) (14:57): What I have said to the Prime Minister privately is what I have said publicly.


Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (14:57): Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. Can the minister explain to the Senate on what basis he has provided an assurance to the Prime Minister that the minister would not be the subject of adverse findings by the Independent Commission Against Corruption?


Senator SINODINOS (New South WalesCabinet Secretary) (14:58): Based on an encyclopaedic knowledge of the proceedings.


Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (14:58): Mr President, I ask a further supplementary question.

Senator Cameron: You lost your memory!

The PRESIDENT: Senator Cameron, your leader is on her feet.

Senator WONG: I assume on that basis 'I do not recall' will not be part of the explanation. Will the minister now do what he failed to do when Assistant Treasurer and provide to this chamber a full and frank statement about his involvement with Australian Water Holdings?





Senator SINODINOS (New South WalesCabinet Secretary) (14:58): If and when the final reports are released, I will be happy to provide any further elaboration to the chamber. It will be a fascinating statement.