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April 29th, 2019 by admin

Minister Campbell resigns

Senator Campbell said his resignation was in the government's best interest but said his dealings with Mr Burke were not like those of Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd.

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"I had a 20-minute meeting in my Perth office with the WA Turf Club to discuss a proposal for an indigenous cultural centre," Senator Campbell said in statement.

"As well as turf club officials, Brian Burke attended, as did a state Labor MP.

"This was not a meeting in any way similar to those between Kevin Rudd and Mr Burke."

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

The news of Senator Campbell's meeting with Mr Burke last June broke after days of attacks by the government led by Prime Minister John Howard on Mr Rudd over his contacts with the lobbyist and convicted felon.

"I have today tendered my resignation from the cabinet to the prime minister," Senator Campbell said.

"I strongly believe that this is in the best interests of the government."

He also told Network Ten he resigned because he wanted to see the government re-elected and did not want to provide a distraction.

The senator, who was environment minister at the time of the meeting, said by contrast Mr Rudd's appointments with Mr Burke on three occasions in 2005 were not coincidental.

"Mr Rudd's judgment has been seriously compromised and he must answer to the Australian people," he said in the statement.

"Clearly he has sought to conceal from the Australian people the nature of his meetings with Mr Burke."