» Monday, October 17, 2011


Asked if the Prime Minister (PM) had the Gus O’Donnell report on Werrity and Fox, and if he had decided what to do with it, the PMS said that we had not yet received it. Asked if there had been preemptive discussions on what to do with it, the PMS said there had not been, the PM had been busy with visits and meetings much of the day.

Asked if the PM’s office would decide what would be published that evening, the PMS said that he had already said that the Government would be transparent.

Asked what was meant by being transparent’ about the report, the PMS said that he expected the Government to publish the report, but that he couldn’t tell them any more as the PM hadn’t seen it yet. The PMS said that the Cabinet Secretary had been asked to establish the facts over the last week, and that the Government would publish something setting those facts out, but that they would have to wait to receive the report first.

Asked if they could expect it to arrive tonight, the PMS said that his expectation was that it would arrive tonight and be given to the PM, and that he would be able to update them after that.

Asked if the report would answer all the questions raised, particularly providing a full list of financial backers, the PMS said he didn’t know what it included and that they could make their assessment of the report when they had seen what was in it.

Asked when the report would be published, the PMS said that it would not happen until after Cabinet the following day.

Asked if there would be a statement from a Government Minister on this matter, and if it would be from the Cabinet Office, the PMS said that the precise arrangements for publication of report were still being considered.

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