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Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Page: 27

Mr TEHAN (Wannon) (15:40): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation.

The SPEAKER: Does the honourable member claim to have been misrepresented?

Mr TEHAN: Yes.

The SPEAKER: Please proceed.

Mr TEHAN: On 6 January I wrote, on behalf of two of my constituents, to the new Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations seeking to have the case of six students who lost their after-school work at the Terang hardware store considered as part of the review of the Fair Work Act. The matter is still before the courts, and they believe the long sequence of rulings and appeals has been an arduous process and clearly shows the new law needs fixing. In an article in the Australian on 7 January, the minister for workplace relations responded to the letter by—and this is being kind—fabricating, deliberately misleading and downright telling porkies—

The SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member will resume his seat. He has been here long enough to know that he cannot make those sorts of imputations or accusations against another member. He will withdraw.

Mr TEHAN: I withdraw, Mr Speaker. The contents of the letter, which I have posted on my website, clearly show the facts of the matter as represented by the minister for workplace relations in that article were wrong and it is the minister who needs to switch on his computer to find the meaning of the word 'truth' in his Google search engine.

Mr Albanese interjecting

The SPEAKER: Order! The Leader of the House will resume his seat; I am on top of this. The member for Wannon has made another imputation. I would ask that he withdraw that innuendo.

Mr TEHAN: I will withdraw that innuendo, but I would still say that the minister needs to do some serious googling about verballing a member of the parliament.

The SPEAKER: The member for Wannon has made his point and he will resume his seat!