Questions without Notice – Liberal Party Fundraiser in Kirribilli House (4)
12 June 2007
Mr ALBANESE (3.25 p.m.)—My question is again to the Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister confirm that the price charged for the Liberal Party fundraising function at Kirribilli is based on the same pricing principles that apply to community groups hiring the Great Hall here in Parliament House? Will the Prime Minister now table the full costings billed to the Liberal Party for the 1 June fundraiser at Kirribilli?
Mr HOWARD—It was not a fundraiser—and you know that. Let me very simply tell you why: the amount of up to $8,000 was a fee charged to business observers for attending the federal council of the Liberal Party, which I am told is approximately the same as the top charge made for the Labor Party federal conference.
Opposition members interjecting—
Mr HOWARD—Of course you did not. This demonstrates that the basis of your claim is completely wrong.
Mr Albanese interjecting—
The SPEAKER—The member for Grayndler is warned!
Mr HOWARD—I have indicated that the costs are $5,186.78—that is, food $2,128.50, beverages $1,476.52, casual staff $829.57 and hire charges $752.19, making a total of $5,186.78. Every last cent of that was paid for by the Liberal Party of Australia.
Leader of the Australian Labor Party, MP for Grayndler, Rabbitohs Life Member. Authorised by Anthony Albanese, ALP, Canberra.