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Thursday, 21 August 2003
Page: 19246


Mr CREAN (Leader of the Opposition) (4:28 PM) —Mr Speaker, I can see by the time that this will be a very brief debate but, I tell you what: there is a litany of deceit in this government that really needs to be brought to heel. We have seen the Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government today defended by the Leader of the House and he could not even bring himself to meet the point of accusations that have been made on this side of the House. They have given up defending Minister Tuckey.

That is how low the standards have sunk in this place—because the Prime Minister has allowed them to sink. This is a Prime Minister who came in on the promise of `truth is everything'—truth is supreme; we have to be honest in our dealings with the public. That is his code of conduct, yet he has allowed a minister to urge a police minister in a state to do something which, if achieved, would be unlawful. Why? For a special deal for that minister's son.

The Prime Minister has already done a special deal for his brother. His brother's company protected 100 per cent of workers' entitlements when no other company in the country and no other worker has the same level of protection. This is a government of cronyism.

Debate interrupted.