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Thursday, 20 June 2002
Page: 4063

Mr MARTIN FERGUSON (2:01 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations. Minister, I refer to your threat to make Commonwealth funding on major infrastructure projects conditional on the adoption of your confrontational industrial relations model. Does this threat apply to the $445 million committed to the Scoresby Freeway?

Mr ABBOTT (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —I see that the former ACTU President cannot rise above his roots; that is the problem. What this government has made quite clear is that we believe that if state governments want federal money they should accept federal principles, and this is a position which is now more widely accepted—even by the Victorian government, as I indicated in the House yesterday.