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April 29th, 2019 by admin

Campbell 'catches out gov'

The Federal Opposition says the Government has been 'caught out' after its attack on the Labor leader Kevin Rudd over his dealings with disgraced former Western Australia premier Brian Burke.

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Federal Human Services Minister Ian Campbell has resigned from Cabinet today after he revealed he also had dealings with Mr Burke.

Mr Burke was jailed in the 1990s for fraud and is now at the centre of a corruption investigation in Perth.

Senator Campbell in a written statement said his 20 minute meeting with Mr Burke and members of the WA Turf Club was to hear details of a development proposal.

The meeting took place in in June last year, when Senator Campbell was the federal environment minister.

Responding to Senator Campbell's revelation, a spokesman for Mr Rudd has told the ABC that "[Prime Minister] John Howard and [federal Treasurer] Peter Costello are now drowning in their own political mud".

It comes at the end of a week which has seen Mr Rudd's meetings with Mr Burke in 2005 under sustained attack from the Government.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd has acknowledged he should not have met Western Australia premier Brian Burke three times in 2005.

Mr Rudd responded to a report in the West Australian newspaper which reproduced an email showing Mr Burke organised a dinner with Mr Rudd as the guest of honour.

"I went, as I said the other day in Canberra, as the guest of (Labor MP) Mr Graham Edwards, so what I said the other day stands," Mr Rudd told reporters in Melbourne.

"I went purely as Mr Graham Edward's guest," he said.

But the Labor leader seized on an admission by federal Human Services Minister Ian Campbell that he too had met with the controversial lobbyist.

"I think today's events demonstrate where Mr Howard's personal, negative mudslinging campaign has got to," he said.

Senator Campbell confirmed to The Australian newspaper that he had a meeting with Mr Burke in June last year, but said the meeting lasted 20 minutes and nothing resulted from it.

Mr Burke was lobbying Senator Campbell, who was the federal environment minister at the time, for his support for a redevelopment proposal for the WA Turf Club.

Treasurer Peter Costello said anyone who had had dealings with Mr Burke was morally and politically compromised.

Health Minister Tony Abbott said the meetings showed Mr Rudd was willing to "sup with the devil".

Mr Rudd and his deputy Julia Gillard were attending a state Labor conference in Melbourne, the first since Premier Steve Bracks secured his third consecutive victory.

Going into the conference, Ms Gillard defended Mr Rudd as a man big enough to admit his mistakes.

She said Mr Rudd had answered all the questions he needed to with the Canberra press gallery earlier this week.

Prime Minister John Howard was drowning in hypocrisy after revelations that Senator Campbell also met with Mr Burke, she said.

"He (Mr Howard) needs to work out, having created this muddy mess, how he's going to get himself and his government out of it," she said.