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Wednesday, 11 December 2002
Page: 7690


Senator ELLISON (Minister for Justice and Customs) (11:09 AM) —As I understand it, there would be no problem with ASIO providing corroboration of the employee's information to the employer. Certainly, it would be the view of the government that, if a person were assisting in inquiries, they should be in no way penalised by their employer. That is very important. We can say, on behalf of the government, that we would do everything required to ensure that does not happen. As to the question about industrial relations and antidiscrimination, I will have to check on those provisions. I will do so and get back to Senator Greig. As far as ASIO is concerned, if corroboration were needed in an employment situation, I give an assurance that the person would be provided with the information for their employer about where they had been, to back them up on that score.