21 March 2007

Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer is critical of the Opposition for their continuing attack on Senator Santoro. “What more can he do?” Downer said. “Leave him alone now; he’s resigned, think about him as a human being.”

“I would have thought the Labor Party, which pretends it wants talk about policies should practice what it preaches, but of course it seldom does.”

Both Labor and the Greens are questioning the Prime Minister over the knowledge he had of Santoro’s share activity, suggesting that he is implicated in a cover-up. John Howard’s chief of staff, Tony Nutt, changed the wording of the declaration Santoro made to the Senate in December yet failed to detect the multitude of other share transactions.

The Prime Minister maintains he who knew nothing about Santoro’s other share activities until just a few days ago.

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