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Thursday, 21 June 2007
Page: 87


Ms GILLARD (3:05 PM) —My question is to the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations. I refer to the Textor opinion poll research revealed in today’s newspapers which includes a quote, ‘Everyone is unhappy with the laws’—meaning the Work Choices laws. Has the minister or his office had any discussions with Mark Textor, the BCA, ACCI or their campaign team regarding the Textor polling or the contents or the timing of the BCA-ACCI advertising campaign?


Mr HOCKEY (Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service) —Unlike the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, we do not set out to injure business and we do not set out to injure employers. I speak to Mark Textor from time to time. He is a very wise man from time to time. What you do not need to know from polling is that the Labor Party links with the trade union bosses are not well accepted in the community.

I speak to the business community all the time. I have no involvement in the business community campaign. I do not even have any detailed knowledge of the business community campaign; I am only aware of what I have read in the newspapers. Out of all of that, yesterday the Deputy Leader of the Opposition was saying that we were giving our research to Crosby/Textor; today she is suggesting that Crosby/Textor are giving us their research for some reason.


Ms Gillard —Exactly.


Mr HOCKEY —Is that right? I can tell you that Crosby/Textor have not given me any of their research associated with the Business Council campaign. That is why we are focused on the real deal, which is jobs, employment, higher wages, fewer strikes and getting rid of union thugs.