McCormack must live in a parallel universe if he ever thought Broad's account of flying off on an overseas date, followed by an apparent move to extract money from him, was just "a personal matter".
Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek told The Conversation the ALP wants voters to see the party as "responsible and progressive".
Rudd told the conference the Coalition had "a very robust" partner in the "Murdoch party" which had an ideology.
He said the $500 million would directly improve orderly regional processing and resettlement in the region and countries closer to where refugees originally come from.
The government is worried about a conference which is a highly managed affair where divisions are being contained and participants have their eyes firmly on the prize of Labor winning power next year.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison timed his news conference in Canberra with the governor-general designate to coincide with Bill Shorten's opening address at the ALP national conference in Adelaide.