Particular Minister of State Mal Brough has apologised to Parliament for “unwittingly” introducing to confusion with regards to his recollection of the Peter Slipper diaries affair.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is investigating Mr Brough for any part he played in obtaining former staffer James Ashby to receive copies of the then-speaker’s diary in 2012.
This morning Mr Brough addressed Parliament aiming “to make clear his responses” over a 2014 job interview with Channel 9.
In the sixty Minutes job interview, Mr Brough appeared to confess that he did ask Mr Ashby to procure Mr Slipper’s diary.
Yesterday he solid doubt on that admission, telling Parliament “what was put to air was not the complete query”.
Right now Mr Brough instructed the House that his “recollection of the job interview was that the query was set to me in a relatively disjointed fashion”.
“I answered the query without clarifying what element of the issue I was responding to,” he stated.
“This was confirmed by the tape by sixty Minutes and that was the purpose for my reply yesterday. I have taken the opportunity to assessment the tape and transcript, and apologise to the property if my assertion unwittingly extra to the confusion, rather of clarifying the make a difference.”
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