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Wednesday, 13 November 2002
Page: 6220

Senator McGAURAN —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. Would the minister further explain how the uncompetitiveness of the construction industry is impacting on the state of Victoria?

Senator ALSTON (Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts) —I think Mr Kingham actually said it all, because we all know Mr Kingham's illustrious track record of impeccable behaviour on the part of the union movement! When Mr Grollo gave those specific examples, what did Mr Kingham say? He said, `It's all gobbledegook; the young kid's got a lot to learn.' That is the sort of denial that you get on the other side of the chamber. These people are not interested in any of the disgraceful industrial relations practices that go on.

Senator Conroy —You're going down.

Senator ALSTON —You know what is happening in Victoria, Senator Conroy. In your heart of hearts, you ought to be in there apologising. Of course, Senator Carr could not care less about what happened, other than in his own factions and, of course, those internecine squabbles that he has with the industrial right. That is what Senator Carr is interested in. The problem you really have is that you cannot see beyond your own perspective. You are not interested in the welfare of Victorians. You are certainly not interested in cleaning up industrial practices and, as usual, we have to do the job for you. (Time expired)