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MEDIA RELEASE

Senator Sue Boyce Liberal - Queensland

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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 20 February 2008

SCHOOLS AUDIT A STUNT?

Questioning in the Senate Estimates hearing today showed that at least one Labor MP defied the first request of newly elected Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and did not visit a government school and a non-government school in his electorate straight after the election.

“And the ones who did wasted their time,” Senator Sue Boyce, Liberal Senator for Queensland, said today.

Questions about the November 26 mini-audit of school computer needs, ordered by Mr Rudd, drew blanks from the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, and from officers in the Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations.

"Senator Carr acknowledged that he hadn't done as the Prime Minister asked. He also acknowledged that no data was collected in any way from this mini-audit, so any MP who did follow the PM's order was wasting their time," Senator Boyce said.

"Mr Rudd made a very big deal about the 'first homework' he had given his MPs to visit two schools, but it appears to all be a hollow stunt at the expense of his colleagues and of local schools."

"It would be interesting to know how many Labor MPs followed their leader's direction," Senator Boyce said.

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