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Thursday, 2 September 1999
Page: 9817


Mr REITH (Workplace Relations and Small Business) (3:31 PM) —The Minister for Employment Services has done entirely the right thing. The question was yesterday asked of another minister. Normally, if a question is asked of the wrong minister, the subject matter is clear and the responsible minister has the opportunity to answer the question. On this particular occasion, the circumstances were not clear. The minister has done the right thing. He has come into the House and made the circumstance clear. As a minister, he is to account to the parliament. That, however, does not provide an opportunity for the opposition to simply continue a de facto debate on the issue. The minister is in effect answering a question. Leave was given for that purpose. If the opposition want to raise the matter, they should use the other forms of the House.