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Fahey's Employment National commercial-in-confidence cover up.

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Fahey's Employment National Commercial-In-Confidence Cover Up Lindsay Tanner - Shadow Minister For Finance

Media Statement - 28 June 2000

John Fahey has today reached new heights of government secrecy in his refusal to answer questions on notice regarding Employment National on commercial-in-confidence grounds, Shadow Minister for Finance, Lindsay Tanner, said today.

In the answer to five consecutive questions on notice regarding Employment National's financial status, John Fahey has answered:

DOFA has consulted Employment National about the release of this information and the company has not agreed to its release on the grounds that the information is commercial in confidence and could prejudice the company's business affairs.


This is an absolute disgrace. Job Network contracts are locked in for three years and this information is not commercially sensitive," Mr Tanner said.

"Senate Estimates have asked legitimate questions about the financial status of Employment National so that they may determine the extent of the Government's complicity in Employment National's untimely decline. But John Fahey refuses to answer these questions on spurious commercial-in-confidence grounds.

"The Clerk of the Senate, the Australasian Auditors General and a recent Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry are all on the record criticising the current over-use of commercial-in-confidence as a means of preventing the disclosure of embarrassing and damaging information to Government.

"Governments, Ministers and Government Business Enterprises will never be fully accountable to Parliament, taxpayers and the public while Ministers like John Fahey refuse to release information on commercial-in-confidence grounds.

"John Fahey continues to revel in his status as the most incompetent Finance Minister in Australia's history through his refusal to account to the Parliament for his mismanagement of Employment National. I call on John Fahey to release the information now.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.