Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his entire Cabinet will turn up at Perth in April. They will be holding a fundraising dinner with local business leaders before the upcoming elections.
The dinner has been set for April 12; businesspeople are to be charged $5000 for a seat at the PM’s table. However, the plan has evoked a muted response from local business as the prices are deemed too hefty.
Turnbull and his ministers will also hold a special Cabinet meeting in Perth. The Liberals have set a target of raising $400,000 from the event.
However, local party managers have warned that the target may slip as hard economic conditions after the mining boom will not deliver such top dollars. Chances are that the prices may be scaled down for the dinner seats, reports the West Australian.
The money raised would be split between the Liberals as well as between the state and Federal party wings. As in previous events, Perth businessmen are wary of spending such big bucks for a seat with the PM. At the peak of the mining boom, sitting with any prime minister visiting Perth could command top dollars for dinner access.
Meanwhile, the Labor party accused the Liberal of organising “special Cabinet meetings” as a front for fundraising. But the Liberals answered back that Labor has been doing the same when it was in power.
Similar events are taking place in many cities amidst speculation that a double dissolution election may happen on July 2. Although, Turnbull has denied plans for an early poll. He said any poll after June 30 “could not reasonably be described as early.” But speculations are still rife that Turnbull is contemplating a double dissolution election for early July, reports News Corp.
“It’s not a question of going to an early election,” he told the ABC. Turnbull refused to move forward the May 10 Federal Budget though he still vouches that September-November is the first preference.
The PM said the only reason he considered a July election was to overcome a deadlock in the Senate. The government is anxious whether the Senate would pass the industrial reform bills.
If they are passed “then there would be no question, we wouldn’t even be talking about the possibility of a double dissolution,” Turnbull added.