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Thursday, 11 October 2012
Page: 8095

Employment and Workplace Relations

(Question No. 2098)


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, upon notice, on 23 August 2012:

With reference to the answer provided to question no. EW0290_13, taken on notice during the 2012-13 Budget estimates hearing of the Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Legislation Committee: If it was not necessary to refer the document to the Australian Taxation Office, why did the Minister promise to do so.


Senator Wong: The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations has provided the following answer to the honourable senator’s question:

The Minister did not promise to refer the document to the Australian Taxation Office. Rather, the Minister said during question time on 19 March 2012, in relation to the report of the Fair Work Australia investigation into the Victoria No 1 Branch of the Health Services Union, that ‘we are going through it and we are certainly drawing it to the attention of the regulatory authorities to which we can’. The Minister further said that he ‘would draw it to the attention of the ATO’.