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Senator Eric Abetz Liberal Senator for Tasmania Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Giudice to Continue to Appear at Senate Estimates Tuesday, 30 November 1999 11:00

The Opposition will continue to require the President of Fair Work Australia, Justice Geoffrey Giudice,

to appear at Senate Estimates, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, and Shadow Minister for

Employment and Workplace Relations, Senator Eric Abetz, said today.

“In response to Justice Giudice’s claims, the Opposition, through Senator Mary Jo Fisher, sought

advice from the Clerk of the Senate.”

“The Senate Standing orders provide that the Senate Estimates Committee may ask questions of

“officers” at Estimates.”

“The Clerk’s advice was clear in that Justice Giudice is an “officer” as defined in the Standing Orders

for the purposes of Estimates - indeed, the Clerk’s advice is that there can be “no dispute” over that

matter.”

“The Clerk further noted that under section 652 of the Fair Work Act it is the President - Justice

Giudice - who is responsible for presenting the Annual Report of Fair Work Australia to the Minister.”

“Ms Gillard’s view that the President of Fair Work Australia should not attend Senate Estimates is at

odds with her claims that the operations of Fair Work Australia are open and accountable.”

“On the basis of the Clerk’s advice, and in the interests of transparency and accountability, the

Opposition will continue to require Justice Giudice to attend Senate Estimates to account for the

operations of Fair Work Australia.”

“I would advise Ms Gillard to stop embarrassing herself by trying to understand the procedures of the

Senate. She is clearly out of her depth - as evidenced by her bungled so-called Building the Education

Revolution.”

Senate Abetz added that contrary to the claims of Ms Gillard, Justice Giudice was treated with great

respect by Coalition Senators at the Estimates hearing, in stark contract to the rude and disrespectful

treatment of the head of the ABCC, Mr John Lloyd, by Labor Senators.

Authorised by Senator Eric Abetz, 136 Davey Street, Hobart TAS 7000

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