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Thursday, 9 August 2001
Page: 26040

Senator BRANDIS (5:59 PM) —In the very short time left to me, may I simply make these three points. Firstly, the record of the Howard government in placing Australians in longstanding, sustainable, quality jobs is one of its proudest achievements. The number of jobs created in the lifetime of the Howard government approaches 800,000 new jobs. No Australian government—certainly not the previous Hawke or Keating Labor governments—can match that. Secondly, the Howard government has kept unemployment at a consistently relatively low rate—certainly much lower, on average, than that of the previous Labor government.

The ACTING DEPUTY PRESIDENT (Senator Bartlett)—Order! It being 6 o'clock, the time allotted for the consideration of general business has expired.