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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 38


Mr BEAZLEY (Leader of the Opposition) (2:57 PM) —by leave—I move:

That so much of the standing and sessional orders be suspended as would prevent the Prime Minister from being required to provide this House with a full and proper explanation of his role in:

(a)   the expenditure of more than $50 million of taxpayers’ money on a Liberal Party political advertising campaign in a desperate attempt to sell his extreme industrial relations changes;

(b)   the fact that this expenditure includes taxpayers’ money which has been wasted on the production of 6 million propaganda booklets, with some 5.8 million booklets sitting in warehouses around the country; and

(c)   the decision to pulp nearly half a million booklets because the word ‘fairer’ had to be inserted on the cover consistent with the advice of the Government’s spin doctors despite the fact that the Government’s bill expressly removes reference to a fair minimum wage.

This is an act of corruption. This is an act of the most—