Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
 Download Current HansardDownload Current Hansard    View Or Save XMLView/Save XML

Previous Fragment    Next Fragment
Wednesday, 6 June 2001
Page: 27403

Mr BEAZLEY (3:01 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Employment Services. It goes to this advertisement, which I am sure you have seen, in relation to a training course that begins tomorrow. Minister, are you aware of the claim in this advertisement, which reads:

This course normally costs between $450 and $900 but thanks to Mal Brough and the Pumicestone Enterprise Branch, two special courses have been created to support locals needing to access this nationally recognised qualification.

Minister, what did you do?

Mr BROUGH (Minister for Employment Services) —This is an extraordinary attack when the Leader of the Opposition stands here and condemns an organisation for providing quality training at a lower cost so that businesspeople can access that training—

Mr SPEAKER —The member for Sturt is warned.

Mr Beazley —Mr Speaker, I rise on a point of order. It goes to relevance. The question was specifically—

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition will resume his seat. The minister is being entirely relevant. I recognise him.

Mr BROUGH —I make it quite clear to the Leader of the Opposition that I have not used my offices as a minister or as a member of parliament in any way which would detract from my duties as a minister. What I have done here is the same as when this gentleman offers courses to Lions and Rotary. Quite often, you will recommend it to the members—

Mr SPEAKER —The Leader of the Opposition has asked his question.

Mr BROUGH —If you will be quiet, I will tell you. You will recommend it to the members of the association you are part of. I am part of the Liberal Party and I commend the training to them and they can therefore get it at a discounted price because, as I remind you, the gentleman provides his time, as he does for the Lions Club and the Rotary Club. I remind the Leader of the Opposition that Marc Ratcliffe—the gentleman who owns the organisation—conducts the training in his own time. He donates the time, hence the lower cost of the course.