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Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Page: 5012

Fair Work Australia

Mr PYNE (SturtManager of Opposition Business) (15:07): My question is to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation. Does the minister have full confidence in the work of Mr Terry Nassios, the principal investigator for Fair Work Australia?

Mr SHORTEN ( Maribyrnong Minister for Financial Services and Superannuation and Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations ) ( 15:08 ): I believe that the report prepared by the delegate for the general manager of Fair Work Australia, Terry Nassios, is a very serious report. It is a report which we have said is disturbing in its findings. I also believe that we owe it to the members of this union to see this process reach its end—which is for the matter to be tested in court. This parliament is not qualified to test and cross-examine these matters—

Mr Dutton interjecting

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The member for Dickson, the minister has the call and will be heard in silence.

Mr SHORTEN: This government will not be diverted from its process to make sure that the report is concluded and that the matters listed in the report are tested in the court. We owe it to the members of this union to make sure that this matter is concluded properly, not in—

Ms Julie Bishop: Madam Deputy Speaker, I rise on a point of order.

The DEPUTY SPEAKER: The minister has concluded his answer. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition will resume her seat.