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Monday, 7 November 2005
Page: 26

Mr STEPHEN SMITH (2:07 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Does the Prime Minister recall being asked on 13 October about the pulping of 60,000 copies of a 16-page colour promotional brochure as part of the government’s $50 million taxpayer-funded industrial relations propaganda campaign? Is the Prime Minister aware that late last week Senate estimates revealed that 458,000 booklets—nearly half a million copies of the booklet—have been pulped at a cost to the taxpayer of over $152,000? Prime Minister, isn’t this waste of more than $152,000 just ‘pulp fiction’—pulping Liberal Party propaganda on the government’s extreme industrial relations changes?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —Mr Speaker, before answering the question asked by the honourable member for Perth, might I on behalf of all my coalition colleagues and also on behalf of the members opposite welcome the member for Fadden back to the House and wish him well. Can I, in answer to the first part of the question, say yes; in answer to the second part of the question: no.