Labor MP forgets he owns a $2.3m property for three years
I GUESS it slipped his mind.
Federal Labor frontbencher David Feeney is being engulfed in a storm of derision after he admitted that he simply forgot to declare the $2.3 million Victorian property for three years, and is yet to say whether it is negatively geared.
It appears to be going from bad to worse for Mr Feeney -- the Shadow Minister for Defence and Justice -- who is now under attack from the Coalition and Greens.
Fairfax Media is reporting that Mr Feeney purchased another property, one that is negatively geared, from disgraced union official Kathy Jackson. Ms Jackson was found to have misappropriated $1.4 million from the Health Services Union over seven years to 2015.
That property was declared in the MP's Register of Member's Interests.
Mr Feeney told ABC Radio on Wednesday morning that it was "nonsense" to suggest he had been dishonest.
"I've racked my mind about how this omission came to be, I can only put it down to the fact that I was elected in September in 2013 and we bought the property in December of 2013, in that maelstrom of events I failed to update my register," he said.
The Labor Opposition has been landing blows on the Federal Government on negative gearing, vowing to restrict the practice while grandfathering those who are legally using negative gearing at the moment.
It has also positioned itself as the party better able to understand the average voter, while attempting to paint the wealth of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as evidence that he is out of touch.
NewsCorp is reporting that Mr Feeney negatively gears the home, although the MP has not confirmed that.