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Thursday, 13 February 2003
Page: 11847

Mr ALBANESE (3:30 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER —Does the member for Grayndler claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr ALBANESE —I do, Mr Speaker.

The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr ALBANESE —I claim to have been misrepresented by the Secretary of the Department of Family and Community Services, Mr Mark Sullivan, yesterday in the Senate Community Affairs Committee's additional estimates hearing and in reportage of that in AAP, the Financial Review and in advanced briefing of journalists. Mr Sullivan yesterday quoted a press release I put out on Tuesday headed `Labor Saves Youth Funding', which said:

We fought this unfair round every step of the way and we are proud that the Department has decided to side with the Labor Party about this.

Mr Sullivan went on to say:

The government did not get it wrong. Quite simply, it is the department that has made mistakes. We regret those mistakes and are working hard to restore the process and the confidence of the sector.

Mr Speaker, I make no apology for holding the government accountable for its policy decisions and ensuring the ongoing funding.

The SPEAKER —I need to know where the honourable member for Grayndler was misrepresented.