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Tuesday, 22 October 2002
Page: 5640


Senator CARR (6:48 PM) —I want to speak to the motion that the Vocational Education and Training Funding Amendment Bill 2002 be read a third time. What we have here is another one of these little vignettes from this Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. He has wandered into the chamber, has not listened to the debate and has not responded to one single point raised by the opposition in the proceedings before this chamber, yet he makes that ridiculous comment on what he thinks is the way out the door. I am strongly of a mind to continue my remarks tomorrow on this issue, given the way in which he has treated the Senate. It is contemptuous. We gave him a fair go; we did not even put him through the committee stage of the bill. We are entitled to do that. There is a whole series of issues that relates to this bill but which has not been addressed by this government. We have here, frankly, a minister who does not know his job, is not interested in his job, has his eye on the clock and has his eye on retirement—and he ought to take up that option as soon as possible.

Question agreed to.

Bill read a third time.