Will Joel Fitzgibbon be the first minister in the Rudd government to fall on his sword?
Tonight he has said that he did in fact receive gifts from Helen Liu. This morning a spokesperson said:
The minister has not accepted any gifts that would require a declaration on the members’ interest register.
It turns out he did accept gifts that fall under the declaration guidelines and tonight he has said:
I have taken immediate steps to declare this sponsored travel to the clerk of registrar of members’ interests.
These trips were paid for by Ms Helen Liu either personally or through her associated commercial interest. I failed to disclose those trips. This was a mistake and for that I apologise.
Sorry Minister. I think it is time to go.