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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?


Mr ALBANESE —I do.


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.