In interests of full disclosure, Crikey had the work experience kid contact every member of the House of Representatives and each Senator to ask them the question of the hour: ”Have you ever met Brian Burke?

From the 226 available MPs, we have so far received 38 responses, an indicator that the remaining 188 are either (a) compromised by their relationship with Burke or (b) unable to read their email (which might explain the absence of the communications minister).

Members of the House of Representatives

Joel Fitzgibbon (ALP): “Very pleased to be a able to say no, never!”

Peter Lindsay (LIB): “Who is Brian Burke?”

Bob Baldwin (LIB): “No”

Stephen Gibbons (ALP): “No”

Kirsten Livermore (ALP): “No”

Alan Griffin (ALP): “No”

Tanya Plibersek (ALP): “No”

Catherine King (ALP): “No”

Chris Hayes (ALP): “No”

Anna Burke (ALP): “No”

Phil Barresi (LIB): “No”

Dennis Jensen (LIB): “No”

Judi Moylan (LIB): “No”

Justine Elliot (ALP): “No”

Patrick Secker (LIB): “No”

Kevin Andrews (LIB): “No”

Sharman Stone (LIB): “No”

Kim Wilkie (ALP): “No”

Sharon Grierson (ALP): “Never”

Graham Edwards (ALP): “Yes”

Bruce Baird (LIB): “Thanks for your survey. Answer is no. I have never met him.”

Duncan Kerr (ALP): “Not since Brian Burke was Premier of Western Australia attending National Conferences of the ALP (in Hobart) in that capacity.”

Craig Emerson (ALP): “About 20 years ago I met Brian Burke when he was the Premier of Western Australian and I was an advisor to the Prime Minister, Hon RJ Hawke.”

Stewart McArthur (LIB): “Never met him and don’t believe I have ever set eyes on him.”

Warren Entsch (LIB): “Brian who ?????????????????  Never even heard of him !!!!!!!!”

Brendan O’Connor (ALP): “No”


Michael Forshaw (ALP): “I cannot recall ever meeting Brian Burke. I have certainly not attended any specific meetings or dinners with Brian Burke.”

Jan McLucas (ALP): “No”

Richard Colbeck (LIB): “No”

Stephen Conroy (ALP): “No”

Santo Santoro (LIB): “No”

Ursula Stephens (ALP): “Not that I can recall!”

Natasha Stott-Despoja (DEM): “No”

Helen Polley (ALP): “No”

Andrew Bartlett (DEM): “No”

Judith Adams (LIB) : “No, I have not met Brian Burke”

Kerry Nettle (Green): ”No”

Andrew Murray (DEM): “Nope. Why?”

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