SYDNEY: Australia’s multi-millionaire Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull denied Wednesday dodging tax by using havens in the Cayman Islands as his personal wealth came under the microscope in parliament.
Turnbull, a former investment banker who lives in a luxury mansion in Sydney’s waterfront Point Piper, ousted Tony Abbott as Liberal leader and prime minister last month.
The Australian Financial Review said an inspection of his declared interests revealed a diverse portfolio conservatively worth about Aus$200 million (US$145 million), spread across investment classes in Australia and the world over.
The Labor opposition used parliamentary privilege to accuse him of inappropriate investments, while acknowledging they were legal.
“There is a house in the Cayman Islands, a house where Malcolm Turnbull’s money resides,” said Labor senator Sam Dastyari who listed several investments, publicly declared by Turnbull, linked to the tax haven.
He claimed it was not right for a prime minister to have investments registered in such a place, whether they were legal or not.