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Cheryl Kernot - Job Network Monitoring Authority Must Be Supported http://www.alp.org.au//media/0801/ckmsjn090801.html Friday, 10 August 2001

Job Network Monitoring Authority Must Be Supported Cheryl Kernot - Shadow Minister for Employment and Training

Media Statement - 9 August 2001

Labor Senators will, during General Business today, call for the Government to support Labor's Job Network Monitoring Authority first introduced by Cheryl Kernot in October last year.

Commenting on the need for a Job Network Monitoring Authority, Cheryl Kernot, Shadow Minister for Employment and Training said today:

"Recent months have seen revelations of 'phantom jobs' 'job splitting' and 'serial placements' and false claims in the Network.

"The Government has been unwilling to deal with this is despite the fact that their own report into 'phantom jobs' stated that senior public servants were aware of the rorts and that Centrelink made a formal complaint.

"Despite this and statements by Martin Buzza, the operator of a labour hire company that he told the Minister, Mal Brough still claimed he didn't know a thing about it until Labor raised it at Senate Estimates.

"The Job Network has always been a secret network and the Job Network Monitoring Authority will provide a way to give the public and the Parliament full scrutiny of its operations and its successes or otherwise.

"The public are entitled to demand greater transparency and accountability for $1 billion a year in taxpayer's money. The implementation of the Authority will be a priority should Labor win office.

"The Coalition claims that the Authority will cost more money, but if the Authority is able to add to the level of transparency and accountability as well as the appropriate expenditure of $3 billion dollars it is highly likely to save the Commonwealth millions. Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.

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