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Thursday, 18 September 2003
Page: 20522

Mr ALBANESE (3:31 PM) —Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

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


The SPEAKER —Please proceed.

Mr ALBANESE —Today in question time, in response to a question from me and also in response to a question from his own side, the Minister for Employment Services suggested that I had got it wrong in suggesting that his statement about 60,000 job seekers being breached was wrong. In fact, the minutes of a Centrelink agency executive forum, chaired by Sue Vardon, on 8 September 2003—the senior meeting of Centrelink officials—say that there have been some statements that 60,000 job seekers did not attend a Job Network appointment without a valid reason and that Centrelink analysis of this information has found only 3,000 job seekers slipped through the net. In fact, it is very clear that not only do I think the minister has got this wrong but also his own government is saying that he got it wrong in this statement.