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Joe Hockey asked embassy staff to arrange Helloworld meeting, senators told – politics live
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US ambassador’s involvement with travel company under the spotlight at estimates hearings. All the day’s events, live

The exchange between Penny Wong and Daniel Sloper over how that Joe Hockey Helloworld meeting was arranged went like this.

This is important because as Gabrielle Chan reported yesterday:

Scott Morrison has denied reports the US ambassador Joe Hockey instructed staff to meet with Helloworld subsidiary QBT before it lobbied for government work.

The prime minister also told Parliament that Hockey, a former Liberal treasurer and one of the 20 largest shareholders in the company, had declared his interest ahead of an embassy meeting, though it was not about the travel service tender process.

The speaker, Tony Smith, has given a ruling on Labor’s attempt to refer Tim Wilson’s handlingof the franking credits inquiry to the privilege’s committee.

Smith summarised the main thrusts of the complaint as “the apparent organising of public hearing at certain place and time at behest of a person with vested interest” (Geoff Wilson); and the “authorisation of a website as chair of committee through which members of the public could lodge submissions and register to attend hearings ... by agreeing to register for a petition” opposing Labor’s policy.

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