Sources have told The Australian that part of the investigation centresSurely he can see it's a very bad look, regardless of legalities? Michael was happy to feature prominently in the ousting of Malcolm Turnbull, despite still presenting terribly in media interviews. It would be quite pleasingly ironic for him to lose preselection.
on the activities of the Australia-China Development Association, a
not-for-profit company he set up five years ago that has helped sponsor
his extensive overseas travel.
Mr Johnson said yesterday he had sought and received payments -- made
to the association -- for introducing business leaders.
"I have made introductions to Australian business people, for them to negotiate
deals, and some have shown their appreciation by making donations to the
association," he said. "I have asked in the past and I would ask
Mr Johnson said he had previously made introductions between Asian and Australian mining executives and, although a deal did not eventuate, he would have "asked for a percentage" to go to the association."I don't think it is illegal," a defiant Mr Johnson told The Australian yesterday.
"Because no one has done this before the first impression is that it is wrong, but that is wrong."
Mr Johnson said the association was run at arms' length by three independent directors and he applied to them for money to fund his travel.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Not a good look
Liberal MP Michael Johnson defends 'unorthodox' fundraising practices | The Australian