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Friday, 20 March 1987
Page: 1246

Mr BRAITHWAITE —Has the Minister for Trade investigated the matters that I raised with him yesterday? If so, did Mr Kelty overstate his hotel bills? Was Mr Kelty paid $1,471 on top of accommodation, despite undertakings that the Australian Council of Trade Unions would meet his expenses? Was the ACTU not charged full European air fares for four trade unionists, as agreed? Was anyone paid travel allowance for time away from the tour, or to which such person was not entitled? Does the Minister maintain that giving the ACTU up to $6,000 to which it is not entitled is `trifling'?

Mr DAWKINS —If the honourable member for Dawson thinks I carry around in my head the detail of every account that is paid by my Department he has another think coming. It is just one of the many things he has to contemplate in the few days in which he remains as the Opposition spokesman in this area. As I said yesterday, the accounts relating to this matter are still to be resolved. I said that I would investigate the matter; I said that I would provide the honourable member with the information. If he wants to put the question on notice, which is the normal way for dealing with these matters, as he well knows-indeed he already has a question on the Notice Paper about this matter-I am perfectly happy to respond to his questions. The only point that I would make is that if, as a result of those investigations, as I expect will be the case, his allegations about the conduct of Mr Kelty and the other members of this delegation prove to be absolutely groundless I hope he will have the guts to apologise.