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Notice given 20 June 2011

699  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations—

(1) Are there plans to close the Tasmanian office of the Office of the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC), if so:

(a) when will the office be closed;

(b) why was it considered appropriate to close the office; and

(c) how many people will lose their job and will they be offered redundancies and at what cost.

(2) Did the wife of the previous Commissioner of the ABCC ever receive any hospitality or payment for trips from the ABCC.

(3) How long did the previous Commissioner hold office.

(4) How long was it between the appointment of the current Commissioner and his accessing ABCC funds to provide hospitality or payment for trips to his partner.