Jun 20, 2007

Motion- Attorney General

Motion- Attorney General

20 June 2007

Mr ALBANESE (Grayndler) (9.02 a.m.)—I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Attorney-General from coming into this House and detailing the operation of the secret taxpayer funded political unit operating out of his ministerial office at 70 Phillip Street, Sydney, including:

(1) the date of the secret unit’s establishment;

(2) the annual cost to taxpayers of the secret unit’s operation;

(3) the secret unit’s full staffing arrangements;

(4) the secret unit’s reporting arrangements;

(5) the function of the secret unit including its monitoring of non-government media comment and other activities;

(6) the relationship between the secret unit and the taxpayer funded government members secretariat;

(7) the relationship between the secret unit and other taxpayer funded units operating out of other ministerial offices;

(8) the relationship between the secret unit and the federal secretariat of the Liberal Party;

(9) the relationship between the secret unit and Crosby Textor; and

(10) the reason that the existence of this unit has been kept secret from the Australian Parliament and the Australian people.

Mr Speaker, how many dirt units—

The SPEAKER—Order! Is leave granted?

Mr ALBANESE—does this government have?

The SPEAKER—Leave is not granted.

Mr ALBANESE—How many dirt units? One in Canberra—

The SPEAKER—Order! The member for Grayndler will resume his seat. I call the honourable the Treasurer.