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Thursday, 13 September 2018
Page: 51

Minister for Home Affairs

Mr DREYFUS (IsaacsDeputy Manager of Opposition Business) (14:37): My question is to the Prime Minister. Is the Prime Minister aware of a chance meeting today between the member for Curtin and the entire press gallery, where she said it was up to the Minister for Home Affairs to decide to refer himself to the High Court saying, 'We all have personal responsibility to ensure that we are eligible to sit in the parliament,' and 'We have seen in recent times steps taken by members of parliament to clarify their status.' Isn't a referral to the High Court the only step that this government can take to clarify whether the Minister for Home Affairs is qualified to be a member of parliament and to be a minister in his government?

Mr MORRISON (CookPrime Minister) (14:38): Yes, I am aware of those comments. No, I don't agree with the assertion put as to what the next action is.