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April 29th, 2019 by admin

Campbell denies deal to return

Sacked federal minister Ian Campbell denies he has a deal to return to the government front bench should the coalition win this year's election.

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Federal Human Services Minister Campbell resigned on Saturday after revealing he had held a 20-minute meeting with convicted fraudster and former West Australian Labor premier Brian Burke last year.

Four state Labor ministers have been sacked or forced to resign over their connections with the former premier over the last six months.

The Western Australian Corruption and Crime Commission is investigating the activities of Mr Burke.

Mr Campbell announced his resignation saying it was in the interests of the government, and he did not want to be a distraction in an election year.

However Prime Minister John Howard has said there is no reason for Senator Campbell to be excluded from a future career within the coalition government.

Senator Campbell has denied Mr Howard promised him he could return to the front bench if the government won this year's election.

"I have got no deal whatsoever, no assurance. You can't get those in this game, and that would be improper," he told Southern Cross Broadcasting.

His resignation put the spotlight back on Labor leader Kevin Rudd, who is under pressure to explain why he met with Mr Burke three times in Perth in 2005.

Senator Campbell said he had resigned so the Australian people could have a "clear view" of Labor leader Kevin Rudd.

"I resigned for, I think, a good reason," he said.

"I think it's incredibly important that the people of Australia have a very clear view of the leader of the opposition and his concealment of what occurred here in Perth a couple of years ago."

Senator Campbell said business people who had been at a Perth dinner attended by Mr Rudd and Mr Burke had told him the opposition leader was not telling the truth about what happened there.

"I have spoken to some of the business people who attended that dinner, and some of them have said that what Mr Rudd is now saying about those dinners … they know that Mr Rudd is not telling the truth.

Senator Campbell said his meeting with Mr Burke had been very short and he only went ahead with it reluctantly.

"What he (Mr Burke) did, obviously, is he big-noted himself by showing his clients he could get in to see a federal minister, and I was a fool to have let that occur," Senator Campbell said.

He said his transgression had been minor and it was now time for Mr Rudd to come clean on his meetings with Mr Burke.

"I have told the full truth about it, and it's now time for Kevin Rudd to tell the full truth about what he did and his dealings with Mr Burke," Senator Campbell said.

"If he wants to be prime minister of this country it's time he came clean and told the full truth about that."

Senator Campbell said Mr Rudd was a bigger risk to the country than former Labor leader Mark Latham, because he had been trained to conceal his character flaws during his time as a diplomat.

"With Mr Latham at least what you saw was what you got – he was sort of an angry young man.

"Kevin Rudd is at least as dangerous, but he is more dangerous because he has got this smooth facade of the diplomat covering up, I think, some deep character flaws," Senator Campbell said.