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Notice given 17 February 2012

1558  Senator Abetz: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations—With reference to comments made by the Minister on the Fairfax Radio Network on 13 February 2012 in relation to a meeting with Qantas:

(1) When was the Minister briefed by Qantas.

(2) Was the Minister aware that items discussed in the meeting may be commercial-in-confidence.

(3) Why did the Minister choose to release the information.

(4) Did the Minister seek the permission of Qantas prior to publically speaking on the matter.

(5) If permission was not obtained, is the Minister concerned about the message this may send to the business community concerning the Minister’s management of market sensitive information.